Former Mr. Basketball Charlie Moore picks Kansas over Illinois
April 26, 2017 - Basketballs
Illinois’ new coaching staff was attempting to make a dash by bringing in a state’s final dual Mr. Basketball winners during a same time.
The 2016 honoree, Morgan Park’s Charlie Moore, is headed to Kansas instead.
Coming off a beginner deteriorate during California in that he averaged 12.2 points and started each game, a 5-foot-11 Moore on Tuesday announced his goal to send to Kansas.
Moore will have to lay out subsequent deteriorate and will have 3 years of eligibility for a Jayhawks.
“Kansas has a winning tradition,” he told a Tribune. “The coaching staff was … honest with me. I’m going there meaningful I’ll have a event to play right divided when eligible.”
Illinois, a finalist for Moore before John Groce’s final deteriorate as coach, was among several schools courtship him a second time around.
“Illinois was right there,” Moore said. “(Coach Brad) Underwood is a good guy. He plays my style. It was some-more only me carrying a improved attribute with a coaches (at Kansas).”
Moore’s proclamation was a latest beating for Underwood, who mislaid a span of Groce recruits — five-star large male Jeremiah Tilmon from East St. Louis and high-scoring wing Javon Pickett from Belleville East — in new weeks.
But a Illini seem to be in play for a state’s reigning Mr. Basketball, Edwardsville ensure Mark Smith. He is approaching to announce his college skeleton Wednesday.
Smith took an unaccepted revisit to Illinois on Thursday and an central revisit to Ohio State over a weekend. Michigan State and Kentucky also have recruited Smith in new weeks, so Underwood would have to kick out some of a biggest coaching names in college basketball — something his prototype consistently struggled to do.
Mike Helfgot is a freelance contributor for a Chicago Tribune.