T.J. Moss (Billy Embody, Scout.com)

East (TN) High School class of 2018 combo guard T.J. Moss recruiting update

Memphis, TN East High School standout combo guard T.J. Moss and his dad, Terrence Moss, Sr., are coming down the stretch run recruiting-wise.

  • Name: T.J. Moss
  • Classification: 2018
  • High School: East High School, Memphis, TN
  • AAU Team: M33M
  • Position: Point Guard
  • HT-WT: 6-foot-4, 175
  • Scout.com Ranking: 3-Star
  • Colleges of Interest: Colleges throughout the nation

TJ Moss, one of the most talented combo guards in the southeast, has been known about by college coaches for several years. But he and his dad, Terrence, have not sat back and waited on the college coaches to come to them. As early as the 8th grade, both have taken numerous unofficial visits to college campuses together to find out more about schools.

"When TJ was in the 8th grade (current NBA player) Chris Paul did an elite camp and they took us to Duke, North Carolina, NC State and Wake Forest for unofficial visits," said Terrence.

And the unofficial visits have continued through the years.

"We have also been to Arizona State, Arizona, Alabama, Kansas, TCU unofficially," continued Terrence. "We have been to Ole Miss quite a few times since they are only about an hour away. We also went to Vanderbilt. We actually caught a game between Vandy and Iowa State. Both of those schools are recruiting him and have offered him a scholarship.

"And we plan on doing visits in June during the dead period AAU-wise."

He explained what they look for when they take the visits.

"When we take the visits we are looking at the atmosphere, connection with the staff and the administration," said Terrence. "We are just trying to get an overall feel of the environment that he will be in. We want to see how he feels about it while he is on campus."

Unlike the other visits, the ones they will take in June will likely be official visits.

"We will probably do some official visits in June. I know for certain that we are going to Wichita State," said Terrence. "I am fairly certain that we will probably do Mississippi State. We will do an official visit to Arizona State and Iowa State. They have been recruiting him the longest. And we will also take an official visit to Vanderbilt. TCU also has showed crazy love for TJ. The only reason I don't add them to the official visits is because we just did an unofficial there about three weeks ago. Those six are the ones recruiting him the hardest."

Terrence talked about the positives of each school that he and T.J. are officially visiting.

"With Mississippi State, you have a school that is not far from home. They are in the SEC. I have also done a little research on Coach Howland coming from UCLA. He had (NBA Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell) Westbrook and other guys while at UCLA. It could be a situation where T.J. could go right in and play. We would definitely like to see if they would be a good fit for him.

"Wichita State will probably be pre-season top-10. And they have just joined the AAC conference that Memphis is in. He would be able to come home at least once a year and play in front of his family.

"At Arizona State you have a coach like Bobby Hurley who has played at every level. And his family has a huge tradition in basketball. He is a point guard coach who could help TJ develop so he could go to the next level.

"Iowa State's Steve Prohm had a point guard in Monte Morris who he allowed to play his game. Now he is looking to get drafted by the NBA. I think he could help TJ do the same thing.

"Vanderbilt came and did an in home visit with TJ and brought the whole staff. Bryce Drew is an excellent guard coach who was a shooter at Valparaiso. That is sort of what TJ is, a shooter who can play multiple positions."

Terrence explained the things that they will look for when they visit those five.

"We want him to go to a school that will help him continue to develop into a player that can get to the next level," said Terrence. "Of course, you are going to get your books and learn and go for that degree. But you also want a coach who will push you and help you get to the next level, whether it be in one year, two years or the entire four years. You want him to be developed to the level where he can achieve his dreams of playing basketball. I also want to send my son to a school where the coach is going to be there. I want him to be in a situation where the coach recruiting him will be there for at least the next two or three years. Coaches are always moving around. They get a good run going then go on to the next team. You just never know."

As for whether TJ will sign during the early period or spring period, they aren't quite sure about that.

"We haven't really decided when he will sign," said Terrence. "We will probably decide that at the end of July when everything is over with as far as AAU and circuit ball."

TJ is playing his AAU ball with (current NBA player Mike Miller's AAU team) M33M. Terrence explained why they decided to leave Team Penny, a team that TJ was with for a long time, and play with M33M.

"He played with Team Penny for a long time but Mike Miller's M33M was a better fit for him than Team Penny," said Terrence. "Penny has a lot of guys who need his help to get scholarships. And TJ doesn't need his help like that now because he has a gang of scholarships. Penny and I had a discussion and I told him we would get out of his way so some of the other kids would get more opportunities. And TJ, by playing with M33M, would get to play and continue to develop his game."

Keep it on GenesPage.com as we continue to follow this very talented member of the class of 2018.

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