Moore – offered a month ago by Cal – had a monster week in Vegas, and jumped up the Bears’ 2016 board, with Cuonzo Martin and Tracy Webster watching him in the finals at Rancho High School, and all four Bears coaches watching the 5-foot-11, 170-pounder in the semifinals.
The Chicago native is more than familiar with the Bears, including the player most associated with the Cal program would compare him to: Jerome Randle.
“Oh, yeah, Jerome, he’s a cool guy,” Moore said after the finals. “I’ve talked to him a bunch of times. I know he’s got records out there, and he had a great career out there at California. He’s still trying to get on with his career and into the NBA right now.”
Randle and Moore crossed paths through Chicago hoops.
“It’s just Chicago basketball – he’s always there, and he tries to stay involved with Chicago basketball, which I love,” Moore said. “That’s where I’ve seen him at, and jammed.”
Randle made several appearances at Haas Pavilion last year, during Martin’s first season at the helm, and now that Moore has gotten the offer from the Bears – and was the center piece of their viewing plans in Vegas on Sunday – he intends to do some more research than he’s already done.
“Not yet, not yet, but I will,” Moore said. “I watched them during the college basketball season. I’m a college basketball fan, so I know they like to get up and down. They play as a team, and they’re long. The coaches there, the new coaching staff, I’m getting a better relationship with them every day.”