Northwestern offers Bolingbrook forward

Northwestern has offered senior forward Ben Moore of Bolingbrook (Ill.) High School. spoke with Moore shortly after his offer came in from the Wildcats.

Without a doubt, Ben Moore was one of the hottest names on the Illinois AAU circuit this summer.

The 6-foot-8 senior power forward from Bolingbrook High School turned heads with his play for Team Rose, showing off his versatile game and increasing his stock immensely. One such head belonged to Northwestern associate head coach Tavaras Hardy, who kept his eyes on Moore's progress throughout.

After the fall recruiting period opened up this week, Hardy followed through on his interest, extending a scholarship offer from the Wildcats.

"It means a lot to me, especially since it's my first Big Ten offer," said Moore. "I appreciate Northwestern believing in me enough to offer, and believing I can play in the Big Ten."

Moore would join a 2013 class that already includes point guard Jaren Sina and forward Nate Taphorn. With his ability to run the floor, touch around the hoop, and shot-blocking ability, Moore would be a welcome addition to the team. Solid both on the court and in the classroom, Moore was intrigued by what Northwestern has to offer beyond basketball.

"Northwestern's academics stand out the most," said Moore. "They are a good team, but the academics are really great. My coach and I are planning an unofficial visit soon, and possibly an official visit after that."

?According to Moore, scholarship offers from Colorado State, Detroit, Illinois State, and SMU stand out, along with Northwestern. Though he has no timetable for a decision, as his senior year approaches, Moore has narrowed down the most important factors in his process.

"I'm still pretty open," said Moore. "Everyone is still in the mix. I want to play on a good team, and have a good relationship with the coaching staff. Once I figure out my major, academics will play a big role as well. Those are the three biggest things I'm looking for."

And if Hardy gets his way, the Wildcats will win out in all three categories.

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