Not even three months ago, Moore was a little-known prospect with a few mid-major offers and little else. However, with the fall signing period rapidly approaching in November — paired with his impressive showing in the summer basketball circuit — Moore has seen a major boost in his stock. Schools can’t get enough of him.
And Ole Miss is among them.
Moore holds offers from, among others, Ole Miss, Indiana, Northwestern and Boston College. The Rebels, though, have made him a priority. He visited campus officially over the weekend.
“He enjoyed it,” Hoop Dreamz coach Jonathan Michels, who accompanied him on the trip, said. “He liked it. He thought it was nice. It was a much slower lifestyle. It was warm. The people were nice. He had a good time.”
“I like it. It’s different from where I am, different from Philly,” Moore said. “It’s warmer and it’s just got a completely different atmosphere. The people act differently towards you. It’s kind of like they act more friendly because they’re used to hanging out together. I don’t know, everybody was just welcoming me.”
The 6-foot-10, 202-pound Moore is down to six schools: Ole Miss, Indiana, Northwestern, Temple, Lafayette and St. Joseph’s. He’ll next trip to Northwester Oct. 6, and Indiana is scheduled to visit with him this week.
He hopes to make a decision before the start of his senior season.
“He’s all of 6-foot-10 and change,” Michels said, comparing Moore’s style of play to Cliff Robinson and Donyell Marshall. “What he really is a ball-handling, jump-shooting 3-4. He’s really long. He’s a really talented shooter and he can really bounce the ball. He’s a different kind of kind. He’s very loyal and he’s just a fantastic kid to coach.”
“I can’t give a ranking,” Moore said of the trip. “I have to visit a couple of other schools and then I’ll see from there. They said I’m their No. 1 guy and they really want me.”
Moore said Ole Miss rolled out the red carpet for him.
“The players were just friendly to me and they just accepted me right away,” he said. “The coaches were friendly with them too. It wasn’t like a dictatorship. Everybody was interacting and having fun together.
“It was cool seeing the Pavilion and how big it was and how serious the basketball is down there and how the community cares. People go to all the games and support.”
Moore also took in his first SEC football game. Ole Miss rolled over Georgia, 45-14, in front of a near-capacity crowd inside Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.
Moore was impressed.
“We went in the locker room and it was crazy,” he said. “The guys were hyping themselves up. They wouldn’t let us take pictures because they were hyping themselves up and getting themselves ready. They were just, oh my gosh, it was crazy.”
Moore said he’ll “need to compare” before deciding whether or not Ole Miss is the right fit for him. Ole Miss is aiming to sign two guards and a stretch four in its upcoming class. The Rebels picked up a commitment from three-star guard Parker Stewart on Friday. They’re also involved with Memphis, Tenn., guard William Douglas and Columbia, S.C. Devontae Shuler.
“They said they’re looking for a stretch four and they want a guy that’s versatile and that’s what they’re looking for right now,” Moore said of Ole Miss. “They said I’m not the only one and I can’t wait until next spring or anything. It’s a bit of a time crunch.
“I think it’s going to come down to getting that really comfortable feeling and getting that feeling in my gut that tells me it’s the right decision. I want to see the schools and compare and it’s basically about feeling comfortable and getting that feeling.”