Wednesday, Coach Mick Cronin announced that Gary Clark, Quardi Moore and Coreontae DeBerry have signed national letters of intent to play basketball for the Cincinnati Bearcats in the 2014-15 season. Bearcats needed to fill some holes in the front court for next season with the departures of Justin Jackson and Titus Rubles.
"Clearly UC is losing Justin Jackson to graduation, there's gonna be a hole in the front court and also Titus Rubles leaving," Brian Snow stated. "So now you have three guys that are front court players, who all bring toughness and sheer physical size that UC will need."
Brian Snow spoke with Bearcat Insider about the impact of these signings and what each prospect could bring to the Bearcats.
Clark is a 6-foot-7, 215-pound out of Clayton High School (Clayton, NC) where he averaged 24 points, 14 rebounds and 4 blocks. He led Clayton High School to the 4A Eastern Regional semifinals as a junior and averaged 32 points in those playoffs.
"Gary Clark is gonna be someone that will mostly play the power forward position, but maybe eventually will develop into a small forward," Snow said. "He's a little under size but he's an absolute beast. He has a little Eric Hicks type to him, he makes things happen despite not being overly styled or big. He's not as big as Hicks, so don't get confused there," Snow added. "But he puts up great numbers, really good rebounder for his size, good athlete and he just has a great motor. He the type kid Mick a ronin loves."
Moore is a 6-foot-8, 230-pound forward out of Linden High School (Linden, NJ) where he averaged 14.6 points, 5.7 rebounds and 19 three-pointers last season as a junior.
"Quardi is a center who's absolutely huge," Snow said. "He's actually kid of like a perimeter player, loves to pick and pop. He's a really good shooter from three-point range, he's starting to get better as a rebounder as well. He has to be encourage to get in the post and he's not necessarily comfortable with his back to the basket, but he's a kid that can really stretch a defense with his ability to shot the ball," Snow explained.
DeBerry is a 6-foot-10, 270-pound JUCO center currently playing at Hutchinson Community College (Hutchinson, KS). Last year he averaged 9.2 points and 4.4 rebounds at Mott College (Flint, MI). He played his high school ball at Holland High School (Holland, MI).
"He's a JUCO kid, he's really strong down low with great hands," said Snow. "He can really rebound, has to get more athletic and keep in shape. He's a big kid with a chance to be pretty good because he has good hands and pretty good feet."
We asked Snow how much of an impact these three guys would have on the Bearcats, he said, "Why all three may not have the biggest impact in year one, I think guys like Gary Clark and Coreontae DeBerry can fill a major role for UC going forward."