Will Moore End Up in IU Jersey?

Kelvin Sampson has targeted the state of Indiana with his first full recruiting class in 2007, and one of his top targets is East Chicago, Ind., guard E'twaun Moore. Moore talks about his interest and conversations with Sampson...

The Indiana basketball coaching staff is trying to make its number one promise come true – recruit the state of Indiana. This time the Hoosiers have extended an offer to East Chicago, Ind., standout E'Twaun Moore.

The 6-3, 170-pound wing appears to be one of Indiana's top priorities in the Class of 2007 after finishing his junior season averaging nearly 24 points a contest and showing his skills at the wing and point guard positions.

"Indiana offered me not too long ago," said Moore. "They offered during the spring. (Assistant coach Jeff) Meyer has been up to see us play AAU ball so I'm getting to know him and I've talk with (Indiana head coach Kelvin) Sampson a couple of times.

"I now have offers from Indiana, Purdue, Illinois, Tennessee, Iowa, Miami and Virginia Tech."

Moore is spending his summer playing for the SYF Players AAU squad along with fellow Indiana-targets Robbie Hummel and Scott Martin of Valparaiso, Ind. The team based out of northwest Indiana has appeared to pick up where they left off last summer, winning in impressive fashion. Though Moore and his AAU mates have some like offers, he says they are yet to discuss possibly playing together on the next level.

"We have a few offers that are the same, but we haven't talked about anything like that," said Moore. "We've just been playing good ball together. We won another tournament (the Memorial Day Classic in Nashville, Tenn.) last weekend. We're just a group of guys going through the same thing."

Moore has drawn some interest for the Big Ten, already receiving four offers from the conference, but he is not ready to make a decision based on location. The Indiana Junior All-Star will wait out the summer and see what offers he has then.

"It's nice to get some offers from the Big Ten because I know those schools, but I'm going to keep my options open all summer and see what else is out there," said Moore. "I know I won't decide for a while where I'm going. I'll probably make a list of favorites soon though. I'm going to work on my guard skills this summer and see where that gets me."

With school about to let out for the summer, Moore should have extra time to make some visits to colleges after a busy junior year.

"I haven't made it down to Indiana yet for a visit, but I want to soon," said Moore. "I haven't really made any visits because we're still in school. I'm going to try to make some trips this summer and see what some places look like."

Sampson appears to sold on the talent of Moore and bringing in talent from the state is a top priority for him and his staff.

"I know the focus for Indiana is to get Indiana players," said Moore. "Coach Sampson has told me he is looking forward to seeing me in an Indiana jersey."

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