Profile - Charlie Moore
Morgan Park, Illinois point guard Charlie Moore originally committed to play for Memphis. Following the coaching change, Moore opened his recruitment and named eight schools as his leaders. Morgan Park Coach Nick Irvin spoke to GoJackets.com about Moore’s current status.
Illinois, LSU, SMU, Georgia Tech, Miami, UNLV, Western Kentucky, and Cal are the eight schools that Charlie is considering. A number of those schools were ones that Moore was considering the first time around. “I know he had SMU, Illinois Georgia Tech, and Western Kentucky on his list the first time around,” said Irvin.
Does having former Memphis Coach Josh Pastner at Tech give them an advantage? “I know when he committed to Memphis it was because of Coach Pastner and Coach Damon Stoudamire. They were two guys Charlie liked very much.” Coach Irvin feels they were the main and probably the sole reasons Moore gave Memphis his commitment. “He and Josh have a good history together.”
Charlie and Coach Pastner had a good talk following Coach Pastner’s move to Tech. “He really likes Josh and respects him tremendously.” Coach Irvin has talked to Moore about the point guard tradition at Tech. “I've talked to him about Mark Price, Travis Best, Stephon Marbury, the Barry brothers, Jarrett Jack, and others that have come through there.” The two talk a lot about Marbury. “He is like a brother to my family. My brother talked to him just the other day. He loves living in China and speaks highly of Georgia Tech."
Charlie plans to finish visiting all the schools before making a decision. After this weekend, he will have done so except for the schools that are close by and within driving distance. “After that, he will sit down with his mom and dad and have me along to make a final decision.” Moore’s decision shouldn’t be far off.
When making that decision, Charlie will be looking for a school where he will be able to play the point right away. Irvin feels that Charlie will thrive in the college game. “He handles pressure well and he is a winner.”
Moore understands the importance of playing right away and being able to play though his mistakes before the conference schedule begins. “I feel, as does Charlie, that he can handle the pressure of any conference whether it is the ACC, Big 10, or the old Big East conference. He's looking for that and the team has to be a good fit."
Knowing how long Charlie will stay in school was a tough question for Irvin to answer. “Charlie likes finishing what he starts so that will be a tough call.” Irvin feels that he is good enough to leave after one year but could stay all four years. The decision will be up to Charlie and his parents. “What they feel is the best route for him to take is what he’ll do. I know he'll be a winner no matter what he decides."