Pitino offers rising 2010 SF

Just a few days after Indianapolis (IN) Lawrence North small forward Justin Martin backed out of his verbal commitment to Louisville, Rick Pitino's Cardinals have made a move on a potential replacement. InsideTheVille.com has the scoop.

J.J. Moore, an explosive 6-foot-6, 195-pound small forward from Long Island (NY) Brentwood, made a name for himself last week with a strong performance at the Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions.

He also just earned a (verbal) scholarship from Louisville.

"They verbally offered me on my birthday – May 25th," Moore said.

The Cardinals, of course, are back in the market for a 2010 wing prospect after 6-foot-7 Justin Martin re-opened his recruitment last week. Moore, an athletic forward who excels in transition, plays above the rim and can drain the three-pointer, could be an ideal replacement.

J.J. Moore plans to visit
Louisville soon.

"My strength is slashing to the basket and (drawing) fouls and my jump shot is picking up," Moore said. "I have to work on my handle more and playing defense on smaller guards."

Moore is a new name on Louisville's radar. Currently rated a three-star prospect, Moore is just now making his case on the national level. A true sleeper prospect with high major potential, Moore also has an offer from Rutgers. Schools like Pittsburgh, UConn, Miami, St. John's, Oklahoma, Arkansas and USC are keeping tabs.

"My recruitment has really started to pick up since I've switched over to play with the New York Panthers," said Moore.

Let's put Moore's rise in a little clearer perspective. In April, Hofstra, Stonybrook and Albany were the schools banging down Moore's door. Now, while many of college basketball's big boys are seriously evaluating him, Louisville apparently intends to move on a formal offer for Moore, perhaps before the July evaluation period.

"It's hard to imagine a sleeper out of New York but this guy qualifies," said Scout.com National Recruiting Analyst Dave Telep. "Moore has the size, skill to shoot the basketball and body to turn himself into a driver as needed."

So what does the fast-rising Moore think about Louisville's recent offer? "I like the offer because I like Louisville's style of play," said Moore. "I think it would be a good fit for me."

Louisville wants to get Moore on campus for a visit this month and the athletic forward said he's planning to check out the Cardinals soon. "It hasn't been set up yet but I think I'm going to be visiting (Louisville) in June," said Moore.

Moore's recruitment is nearly certain to intensify this summer. Several Big East schools are planning to take a serious look at him during the July evaluation period. Those schools better hurry their evaluations because Moore is thinking about making a college decision at some point this summer.

"During the summer I'm going to narrow it down to a (few) schools so I can make an easier decision," Moore said. "Most likely I'll make a decision this summer before my senior year starts."

The Cardinals appear to be the team to beat. "Right now my top (school) is Louisville," Moore said. "And my other (favorites) are UConn, Pittsburgh, St. John's, Providence and Marquette. I put Louisville on top because watching them play this year I liked their style of play. I think I could take over for (Terrence) Williams."

Moore will play with the NY Panthers the rest of the summer. His AAU schedule includes the Rumble in the Bronx in June and July stops at the Reebok All-American Camp and a major AAU Tournament in Las Vegas.

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