Thijin Moses Plans to Wear Blue

In this report, WeAreDePaul.com's Dan Stack talks with Boys to Men Math and English Academy forward Thijin Moses and coach Loren Jackson. The Class of 2006 prospect makes no mistake about where he plans to play college hoops the next four years. He talks about his destination and plans for his future.

Make it official. No more likely's. No more probably's. It's a done deal. 6-8 Forward Thijin Moses of Boys To Men Math and English Academy in Chicago plans to attend DePaul University next season.

"You can say that I'm orally committed to DePaul," said Moses. "They have been looking at me this whole year. They were the first people to talk to me. So, I'm going to decide to go to DePaul this fall." DePaul is a natural fit for Moses, as Moses likes what he sees at DePaul. "I like the campus, the academics, it's a real good school."

It comes as no surprise, this was practically a done deal for a long time but no verbal commitment was made nor a letter of intent was signed when the spring signing period ended in mid-May. But, Moses is letting it be known that DePaul is his school of choice come next fall.

Thijin had also received interest from Bradley, Cincinnati, Fairfield, Iowa State, Marquette, and Toledo.

Moses is an import from the Sudan who before coming to Chicago was living in Canada. Moses has traveled a lot, but Chicago is where he will continue to call home for the next four years. Moses is a skilled wingman with a nice touch from the perimeter. At first glance it looks like he is overmatched with his skinny frame, but Moses is wiry strong and is not afraid of contact. He can be effective on the perimeter as well as taking it to the hole. On defense he has very long active arms that can be menacing in the passing lanes. Moses is good already, being ranked in Scout.Com's Class of 2006 fall top 100 rankings (before narrowly slipping out in the spring), but the chance to be better is even more promising.

DePaul Blue Demons head coach Jerry Wainwright has been on Moses since he got the DePaul job and Moses likes what he sees in Wainwright. "I think he is a real good coach," Thijin said. "He is humble. He talks to his players. I think it's the best fit for me going to DePaul." Moses went on to say that the transition to becoming a college freshman will take some time. "I know I will have to work hard. I know I got to work my butt off and learn a lot of things."

Boys To Men and Chicago Jaguars AAU coach Loren Jackson thinks Moses can contribute right away. "I think he's going to contribute some versatility, some size, and somebody that can really shoot the jump shot," Jackson said. "Which is going to help space out the other kid that they have (guard Sammy Mejia). So now when he drives there can't be a lot of double teaming. So that's what he will add."

Moses has set a few modest goals for next year. "Just to come in, help out with the team, (put) some threes up. Hopefully make the big tournament."

Ironically, Moses is filling the void left by his fellow Boys to Men teammate Manual Cass. Cass, who transferred in from Carbondale mid-season after signing a LOI with DePaul in the fall, has decided that he will attend prep school another year. Leaving the door open for Moses to snatch up the scholarship.

There is one hurdle left to jump and that is the NCAA Clearinghouse, but Jackson is confident in Moses. "There's just a process," said Loren. "We're taking our time with that, in terms of making sure that his classwork is completed and everything is done right."

But rest assured if Moses gets the qualifying score, the only school for him is DePaul. With this commitment etched in stone, look for the DePaul staff to continue working the Boys To Men pipeline, especially with Moses' fellow Sudanese big man Nyal "Mac" Koshwal on their roster.

Continue to check in with WeAreDePaul.com for all the latest news on Moses and other DePaul Blue Demon prospects.

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