Cincy covers post needs in two days

Cincinnati tracked post players all of July and in a two day span they were able to fill their post needs with a pair of four-star pledges.

With the graduation of three post players coming for Cincinnati next season, Mick Cronin and his staff focused their 2014 efforts on landing post players.

Cincinnati was able to fill those post needs with a pair of four-star recruits in just two days.

On Tuesday, Quadri Moore, a 6-foot-9 post player out of Linden (N.J.) High, selected the Bearcats over Seton Hall, Rutgers and a host of other schools. Just a day later, Cincinnati picked up a pledge from North Carolina native Gary Clark.

Moore isn't your typical center prospect. Despite his size and frame, Moore likes to step away from the paint and hunt jump shots from the perimeter and he's certainly capable of being effective in that type of role.

With that said, I think Moore can make an impact in the paint in college. At his size, he has the tools to be an effective post scorer and rebounder. Moore has good hands and touch, plus strong, wide shoulders and lengthy arms that will help him around the rim.

Like Moore, Clark, a 6-foot-7 combination forward, can be effective inside and out, but in a much different way.

While Moore is more of a pick and pop guy that can knock down catch and shoot jumpers, Clark has the ability to step out and handle the ball some, as well as knock down set shots.

Clark is a good, not great, shooter to 21-feet, but where he's most valuable is from mid-range and in. He's consistent with is shot from that level, but he's also quick enough to take most power forward defenders off the bounce.

Clark's activity level also sticks out. A solid athlete with good mobility, Clark is a good rebounder that devotes his energy to the glass and is a willing defender that moves his feet well for his size.

Although not ranked in Scout.com's top 100, the pick up of Clark is a significant one for the Bearcats. Clark ranks as the No. 22 power forward and was the 10th best available player available at his position.

Moore and Clark join Junior College big man Coreontae DeBerry, a 6-foot-9, 275-pound center prospect, to make up Cincinnati's current 2014 class.


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