Moore's Departure Explained

Due to philosophical differences with Clemson basketball coach Oliver Purnell and a concern over playing time, Cheyenne Moore, one of the heralded five freshmen that was part of Purnell's first recruiting class at Clemson, opted to transfer Monday.

Moore, a sophomore, started 17 of 32 games last season, which saw the Tigers go 16-16. In his one year at Clemson, Moore, a 6-foot-5 wing player, averaged 6.6 points and 2.5 rebounds in 19.5 minutes per game. He also dished out 51 assists and made 39 3-pointers.

Moore and Purnell were never truly on the same page last year. Moore was replaced in the starting lineup in the team's last 12 games by fellow freshman Sam Perry, after having started in 17 of the team's first 20.

And with the arrival of K.C. Rivers, also a 6-5 swingman, Moore's playing time was set to decrease even more.

Moreover, Moore frustrated Purnell last season to no end by not running the plays that had been called on offense. Too many times Moore would hoist an ill-advised 3-pointer, causing Purnell to either shake his head in disgust or bench his headstrong freshman.

Purnell strongly suggested to Moore that he should transfer if he couldn't do things the Clemson way.

"This was not a last minute decision," Purnell said. "We had been talking about his future with the program this summer. Cheyenne is a talented young man. I wish him all the best as he looks to reach his aspirations in the classroom and on the court."

Moore's biggest claim to fame last season came in the win at South Carolina, in which he nailed a long 3-pointer with just 3.4 seconds left to give the Tigers a 63-62 victory in overtime.

"I believe that my best opportunity to reach my goals on and off the court is to transfer to another school at this time," he said. "It's that simple."

It is believed that Moore will transfer to a Division-I program near his hometown of Baltimore, Md. He committed to Georgetown entering his junior year of high school after having committed to UConn as a sophomore.

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