In March, Morgan Park guard Charlie Moore got to cut down the nets as the Mustangs won the IHSA Class 3A state championship.
"It was a great experience for me, as a freshman, to get that ring on my finger," said Moore. "It just felt great."
Now that he's won a state championship, it's something that Moore and Morgan Park coach Nick Irvin would like to repeat every year. If they were to win four straight state championships at Morgan Park, it would be a feat that only Simeon and Peoria Manual have previously accomplished.
"Now he's been around winning and got a taste of winning," said Irvin. "I've said that he could be mentioned with (Simeon's) Jabari Parker, winning four state championships, and Sergio McClain and Marcus Griffin at Peoria Manual."
For the Mustangs to repeat as champions, Moore is going to have to step up and help fill the shoes of departing seniors Billy Garrett, Jr. and Kyle Davis.
"He's taking on that responsibility," said Irvin. "When Charlie told me that he was coming to Morgan Park, I said ‘you're going to help me build a dynasty'."
"Charlie means a lot to me," added Irvin. "He took the responsibility of learning last year from the seniors. Right now he's the guy that's going to keep us at that level. I'm just happy with the way his development is coming."
Moore looks forward to next season with the Mustangs.
"I'm just looking to play my game, get my teammates involved, and play great defense and get W's," said Charlie.
Moore is honing his skills this summer on the AAU circuit. Charlie is playing with the 16-U Mac Irvin Fire team on the Nike EYBL circuit. In April, despite playing with Simeon stars Ben Coupet and Zach Norvell, it was Moore that was his team's most valuable player at the TMT Sportz Nike Spring Showdown in Matteson, Illinois.
Charlie's hard work is starting to get recognized. He has gone through a recent growth spurt and is now receiving recruiting interest from Bradley, DePaul, Detroit, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, and Massachusetts. Moore's hard work was recognized when he was named to the Nike Elite 100 camp in St. Louis last month.
"One thing about Charlie is that he is competitive," said Irvin. "If somebody says that he can't do something, he works that much harder. He spends hours working on his game in top of what we throw at him. He'll do a great job in the future."
2016 Intro: Charlie Moore
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