Wake Forest suffered another roster hit Tuesday, adding to an offseason that has been defined by departures.
Junior center Doral Moore announced he will forgo his senior season and has officially declared for the NBA draft.
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— Doral Moore Jr (@2talldemondeac) April 17, 2018
“I want to thank Coach Manning, the assistant coaches and Coach Horn for their guidance and preparing me to take this step,” Moore said in a university release. “I appreciate how they believed in me, stuck with me and pushed me to reach my potential. I developed so much, both as a player and a person, during my years at Wake Forest. I want to thank all my professors and tutors, especially Miss Jane [Caldwell], for pushing me academically and making me a better person.
“I will miss my teammates, my brothers, who shared the good times with me and helped me through the bad times. I also want to thank the Demon Deacon fans that supported us every night and made playing at Wake Forest an incredible experience.”
Moore averaged 11.1 points, 9.4 rebounds and 1.97 blocks per game last season. He also set a Wake Forest record with a 68.9 percent field goal percentage during the 2017-18 season.
The 7-foot-1 center announced his decision to test the NBA draft waters on March 30, along with guard Bryant Crawford. He had until June 11 to withdraw his name from the draft. Crawford has yet to make a decision regarding his future.
Moore is now the fourth confirmed departure from Wake Forest this offseason. Keyshawn Woods looked at professional opportunities before deciding to be a graduate transfer. Sophomores Rich Washington and Donovan Mitchell also announced their decision to transfer at season’s end.
Wake Forest has the 20th-best 2018 recruiting class in the country, according to 247Sports’ composite rankings. But Wake Forest coach Danny Manning told Demon Deacon Digest on Tuesday he is looking for another big to replace the void Moore leaves behind.
“Anytime you lose somebody averaging a double-double who had a year of eligibility remaining — it’s a blow, no question,” Manning said.” ”… We definitely know we have to bring in a big to my liking. I’m sure we will. I know we will. We have the confidence in our recruiting coupled with the success of the guys who have come here.”