Moore down to two?

J.J. Moore just wrapped up a visit to Pittsburgh. The 2010 forward, according to South Kent (CT) coach Kelvin Jefferson, is down to a pair of Big East programs – two schools that Jefferson says are 'neck and neck' heading into the early signing period.

J.J. Moore is moving closer to a decision. The 6'5 forward visited Louisville last month and just returned from a visit to Pittsburgh.

"He just returned from a visit to Pittsburgh, which he enjoyed," Kelvin Jefferson said. "His mom, Gary Charles, Hunt Bresky and [J.J.], those four are now going to really going to sit down and think about a decision."

That decision is expected to be announced during the early signing period, which runs from November 11-18. "Everything I've heard [about a decision] is in the next couple of weeks," Jefferson said. "He wants to sign early."

Moore visited Louisville last month and came away highly impressed with Rick Pitino's program. Where do the Cardinals stand on Moore's list? "Right at the top," Jefferson said. "I think he's got a tough decision about where he thinks he fits in the best."

According to Jefferson, Moore's decision will come down to a choice between the two schools he's visited in recent weeks – Louisville and Pittsburgh.

"I think Louisville is neck and neck with Pittsburgh," Jefferson said.

What will be the deciding factor between the two programs?

"My guess is comfort-level," said Jefferson. "He wants to be in an environment where he feels comfortable and feels like there's a family-atmosphere. Basketball there's not much difference between the two schools. They both play at a high level, they're both really good programs with tradition. I think it just comes down to where he feels comfortable now."

Louisville is also recruiting Moore's teammate, Russell Smith. Smith is scheduled to visit Louisville next week and could end up signing with the Cards during the early period. Will Smith's decision, if he chooses Louisville, influence Moore to also sign with the Cardinals?

"I couldn't say for sure but I wouldn't be surprised," Jefferson said. "They've become real close friends. Maybe that will have a bearing on the both of them."

Jefferson expects Moore to have an excellent season.

"He's a leader on and off the court," said Jefferson. "He's really athletic and can really shoot the ball. He has to develop driving to the basket and putting the ball on the floor and getting by guys. Once he does that he's going to be pretty tough."

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