Indiana signee Clifton Moore competed yesterday in the annual Jordan Brand Classic Regional All-Star game. It was there that he spoke to the media about his upcoming decision on whether to reaffirm his Indiana commitment or seek his release.
The 6-foot-10 Moore played for the Blue team in the regional contest that precedes the national game. Both were played yesterday at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.
Led by 32 points from one time Indiana target Brandon Randolph, an Arizona signee, the Red team prevailed in the regional game, 170-162.
Moore played 21 minutes for the Blue team, making 5-for-8 shots from the floor and his only free throw to finish with 11 points. He added two steals, one assist and one block.
Jordan Tucker, once the top target on our Indiana hot board, was on the winning Red team. Tucker had five points on 2-for-9 shooting from the field. He remains uncommitted but confirmed yesterday that he will choose between Georgia Tech, Oregon and Syracuse.
Latest on Indiana decision
It was at the Barclays Center that Moore and all of the participants met with the local media after the game. Below is a recap of his comments including quotes originally reported by the Pennsylvania newspaper Patriot-News (link) and ZagsBlog web site (link). Keep in mind that Moore met with new Hoosier coach Archie Miller at his Philadelphia area home last Sunday evening.
On whether he could stick with Indiana:
"Yeah, they're a serious option. I just need to talk to Archie and just get a better feel for things, and then I'll make my decision."
"I need to call him one more time [this weekend] because the due date is Monday for the release because I asked for it 30 days ago so I’m going to try to make a decision."
Moore added in the call he wanted to make sure Miller did not have plans to redshirt him this coming season.
"I’m focused on making the best decision but Indiana looks pretty good, the way I fit in the system. The recruits, I already know them, too. We run the same stuff. He told me where he was going to put me, transition, all that stuff."
Other signees on television tonight
Indiana's other two signees, both of whom have publicly reaffirmed their commitments, compete tonight at Freedom Hall in Louisville at the annual Derby Festival Basketball Classic.
Justin Smith and Al Durham Jr. will play for the Lightning (White uniforms) team in the 7 p.m. game. Tickets are still available and fans can also catch the game live on Fox Sports 2 (FS2), locally on WDRB or online at FOXSportsGO.com or on the FOX Sports GO app.
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The Night of the Future Stars that is part of Derby game weekend, was played last night at IU Southeast in New Albany. Justin Smith competed there in the slam-dunk contest and advanced to Saturday's finals to be held during the Derby Festival game.
Durham teamed with Xavier signee Naji Marshall in the 2-on-2 competition and the pair advanced to the final, falling to Taveion Hollingsworth (Western Kentucky) and Chuma Okeke (Auburn).