Louisville strong contender for J.J. Moore

J.J. Moore isn't a secret any more. After a strong July, the 6-foot-6, 2010 forward has become a hot Big East recruiting priority. Moore's planning some visits this month and Louisville appears a major player in his recruitment.

J.J. Moore's recruitment has blown up this summer. Since teaming up with the New York Panthers, Moore's received national exposure around the AAU circuit and college coaches, including Rick Pitino, have taken notice.

One of the stars of the Reebok All-American camp early last month, Moore drew strong attention from Louisville during the July evaluation period and Rick Pitino made a point to catch several of his games in Las Vegas. As Moore is set to get more involved with the recruiting process, the Cardinals appear a major player for the bouncy, 6-foot-6 forward.

"Louisville is certainly right at the top of the list with a couple of other schools," said Hunt Bresky, Moore's longtime, former AAU coach. ""They have made an offer as far as I understand and there is a firm offer on the table. It's an honor for J.J. to be considered by a guy like Rick Pitino and he's humbled by the whole experience."

Before he joined up with the Panthers, Moore was being recruited by local schools Hofstra, Stonybrook and Albany. After a strong summer, Moore now has developed into a prime Big East wing prospect.

"Right now he's fielding a number of offers, predominately Big East schools but some schools from other conferences are starting to get involved," Bresky said. "This month (J.J.) will take a couple of unofficial visits if we can work out our schedules to look at some campuses and compare the differences."

Bresky said Moore likely will make unofficial visits to Providence, UConn and Pittsburgh in August. Though Moore wants to see Louisville, he'll likely have to check out the Cardinals on an official visit later this fall.

"He would love to go down to Louisville on an unofficial visit because he's anxious to see the whole surroundings but I'm not sure we'll be able to pull that off," Bresky said. "If not I would hope he can take one of his official visits down there. He does want to take a look at the campus but I'm not sure he'll be able to do that by the end of the summer."

Besides Louisville, Pittsburgh, UConn and Providence, Moore is also being recruited hard by Marquette, St. John's and Florida. "UConn, Pitt, Marquette and Providence are very interested and J.J. is interested in those schools, as he is Florida," said Bresky. "He's also strongly considering St. John's."

While Moore's recruiting process will begin this month a decision might not be immediately forthcoming. "He hopes to narrow it down by the start of his senior year," said Bresky. "Louisville is certainly right up there at the top with a couple of other schools.

"This month is to evaluate some of the offers out there and get out on the road and look at some schools. (He's) not averse to making an early commitment if that makes sense. But at this point it's premature until he gets on the campuses."

Bresky said Louisville has worked Moore hard this summer and has remained in frequent contact. The Cardinals hope they have what Moore is looking for when he sits down to make a college decision.

"First and foremost he's got to be comfortable with the environment and the coaching staff," Bresky said. "Education is also critical. Location might be a consideration in terms of being close to home but J.J. is eager to go wherever is going to provide the best opportunity. He's open to any school that meets all the criteria."

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