New Orleans (La.) Holy Cross star Brandon Moore liked what he saw at the University of Arkansas this weekend – and that was all it took.
Moore, a 6-9, 215-pound forward, who played his sophomore season in Arkansas after being displaced by Hurricane Katrina, committed to the Razorbacks on Sunday over Marquette.
The weekend visit – which included him getting to taken in several Arkansas practices under new head coach John Pelphrey – made quite the impression.
"I love watching their practices and think they are going to be a lot more faster paced and up-tempo than they have been," Moore said. "I love these new coaches and think this is going to be a great fit for me."
Moore, who averaged 16 point, 10 rebounds and 5 blocks last season, becomes the third UA commitment for Pelphrey so far with a fourth likely to be added in the near future.
Arkansas already had commitments from 6-2 point guard Terrance Joyner of Genesis One and 5-11, 175-pound Courtney Fortson of The Patterson (N.C.) School.
Moore visited officially this weekend along with 6-9, 205-pound Genesis One forward Andre Clark – the former North Little Rock prospect that was on an unofficial.
All four attended the Reebok U Camp in Philadelphia this summer according to Moore, who averaged 25 points, 15 rebounds and 7 blocks per game in playoff action last season.
"I think all four of us are going to play really well together," Moore said. "What's weird is that all of us met up, played together and got to know each other at RBKU."
Moore is a combo forward one that can go down inside and bang, but also one that has small forward skills.
"Coach Pelphrey likes the fact that I can take smaller guys inside, but take bigger guys outside and use my speed to get around them," Moore said. "If we get a five man, than Andre will play the four and I will play the three."
Moore, who was the state's best sophomore while playing at Episcopal Collegiate in Little Rock, also noticed something interesting about Arkansas' 2008 class so far.
"All the other guys are all post-graduate guys," Moore said. "I'd be the only true freshman right out of high school in that group."
Others who stopped by for home visits with Moore included Kentucky, Louisville, Wichita State, Texas Tech, Florida State and Ole Miss.
Moore wasn't the only top Louisiana prospect to make a commitment this weekend.
"Greg Monroe and I are best friends," Moore said. "He called me last night and said he was signing with Georgetown."
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