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Doral Moore forgoes senior season at Luella to attend Montverde Academy

Blue-chip recruit will be challenged at powerhouse Florida prep school

LOCUST GROVE — One of the most sought-after basketball recruits in the nation is leaving his Locust Grove school in order to pursue greener pastures and greater challenges.

Former Luella standout Doral Moore announced that he will forego his last year at the school and transfer to Montverde Academy, near Orlando, to play out his senior season.

The announcement came Wednesday afternoon through the Atlanta Xpress’ AAU basketball team’s Twitter account, and was confirmed by Winfrey Jordan, the Xpress team’s coach.

“He is definitely going to Montverde for his next season,” Jordan said. “I’m proud of what Doral has accomplished. I support the young man in whatever way is going to make him happy. He made the decision that he thought was best for him.”

A consensus five-star recruit, the 7-footer recently narrowed his lengthy list of college suitors down to five of the NCAA's’s blue-blood programs: Kentucky, Ohio State, Florida, Illinois and Wake Forest.

He’ll get a chance to test his mettle against some of the top high school players in the nation at the perennial prep school power.

“This move will help Doral on a day-to-day standpoint as he improves as a player,” said Justin Young, editor of Hoopseen.com. “It will serve him well, because he will practice against some good players.”

Moore averaged close to a double-double during his junior year at Luella, helping the Lions to a 20-9 record and Region 2-AAAAAA title, along with an unprecedented quarterfinals appearance in the 2013-14 state tournament.

A full story on Moore’s decision will appear in Friday’s Henry Daily Herald edition.