Illini in the top eight for Charlie Moore

Four-star point guard Charlie Moore cut his list to eight on Wednesday.

Updated: 4/28/16 (11:00 a.m. CT)

Four-star point guard and Illinois Mr. Basketball winner Charlie Moore cut his list to eight schools on Wednesday.

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The Illini have made the list, along with California, Georgia Tech, LSU, Miami, SMU, UNLV and Western Kentucky.

Moore averaged 28 points, seven assists and five steals per game during his explosive senior year at Morgan Park. He decommitted from Memphis and reopened his recruitment on April 8 after Josh Pastner moved on to Georgia Tech.

"He's just open with those eight schools right now," Morgan Park head coach Nick Irvin told IlliniInquirer.com on Thursday. "He's going to play it out and see what happens."

Illini head coach John Groce and assistant Paris Parham met with Moore at Morgan Park last week. Moore talked to IlliniInquirer.com about Illinois' pursuit to add him in the backcourt with four-star point guard signee Te'Jon Lucas.

"It's just been normal conversations. They want to see me. They've been telling me how it's going to be with me and Te'Jon," Moore said. "If we both come, we'll both be running the point. It'd be like a three-guard combination, and that's something they're trying to do. That's pretty big in college basketball now, and it can help win championships. So they've been talking to me about that and me being close to home."

Moore said he believes he can share the backcourt with Lucas.

"Definitely. I think we can," Moore said. "Te'Jon is a great player. I'd love playing alongside him. It's a possibility."

Lucas echoed those feelings on Tuesday.

"I feel the same way. I feel we would be a dynamic duo like other past point guards, such as the best example: Dee Brown and Deron Williams," Lucas said. "I feel we would compliment each other well. It's the most common way successful college basketball is getting played."

Irvin added that Moore has been successful next to a number of other talented point guards.

"Charlie could play with anybody. He played with Billy Garrett. He played with Marcus LoVett. He played with Kyle Davis. He's been playing alongside point guards throughout his career," Irvin said. "It wouldn't matter if another point guard was there. He just wants to be on the floor."

At this moment, Irvin said Moore is still considering some visit options. But he isn't in a rush to lock in those plans.

"Maybe in about three weeks he'll take a visit," Irvin said. "He isn't in any hurry. He just wants to make a good decision."

Moore last visited Champaign in September for an unofficial visit, and he said it is highly possible that he will return in the coming weeks.

"Definitely. Champaign is a great place and a great college town," he said. "I enjoyed myself every time I went down there. It's definitely possible that I'd go back down there."

Moore is eligible for two more official visits after taking officials to Cal, Memphis and VCU in the fall. Irvin said Moore will not be signing another letter of intent.

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