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Wake Forest loses Doral Moore to NBA draft

Wake Forest v Duke

DURHAM, NC - JANUARY 13: Doral Moore #4 of the Wake Forest Demon Deacons fouls Trevon Duval #1 of the Duke Blue Devils during their game at Cameron Indoor Stadium on January 13, 2018 in Durham, North Carolina. Duke won 89-71. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

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One of two Wake Forest players to announce in late March that he would be entering the 2018 NBA Draft without an agent, 7-foot-1 center Doral Moore announced Tuesday that he has decided to forego his final season of collegiate eligibility and being the process of hiring an agent.

Moore averaged 11.1 points, 9.4 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game as a junior, with all three numbers being significant improvements on his production during his first two seasons at Wake Forest. Averaging 25.5 minutes per game, Moore shot 68.9 percent from the field as a junior. With Moore’s decision to begin his professional career, head coach Danny Manning has another hole to fill on a roster that has been hit hard by departures since the end of the season.

Moore is the fifth player to leave Wake Forest this spring. Sam Japhet-Mathias was dismissed from the program, Keyshawn Woods will either begin his professional career or play at another school as a graduate transfer, and Donovan Mitchell and Richard Washington have both decided to transfer.

In Moore and Woods the Demon Deacons will, at minimum, have to account for the loss of two of their top three scorers from this past season. And should Crawford, the team leader in points and assists in 2017-18, decide to remain in the NBA draft, that would place even more pressure on Manning and a solid recruiting class led by 5-star forward Jaylen Hoard.