The recent Mike Young commitment to the Pittsburgh Panthers basketball program was one that should be taken with excitement and intrigue. Young is not your typical big man. Yes, he is capable of taking care of business down low and on the block.
However, where Young shows off his best attributes is his ability to face up and score from 17-20 feet out. Young does not seem like your prototypical big at Pitt, does he?
Enter 2014 big, Quadri Moore. Moore is another Jersey recruit that is a very eccentric prospect.
Moore, simply put, is a big kid. Standing 6'8 and weighing around 270 pounds, Moore always seems to catch everyone's attention whenever he walks into a room. So you would think Moore would be an immobile big who sticks to playing five feet of the bucket. Think again. With Moore's feathery touch from the perimeter, the Jersey native is a giant problem for opposing teams. At times, Moore can rely too heavily on his perimeter shooting abilities and not take advantage of a possible mismatch he might have inside.
The fact that he can play inside-out is pretty impressive for just a rising junior. Moore played with Sports U this summer; a very successful and well-loaded AAU program that is sponsored by Under Armour. The team usually showcases one of the top sophomore's in America with Karl Towns. However, Towns was playing with the Dominican Republic national team, so Moore had to make up for his missing half down low.
The Sports U team had another excellent successful month of July, and much of the reason for that was the play of Moore.
"July went well for me," Moore said. "I think I could have done a lot better but I did okay. I thought I did a lot better job of controlling myself and the floor."
"They have been talking to me for a while now," Moore said. "Nothing really stands out from any of the schools right now, but I have watched them a lot over the past few years."
And although he was a fan of Georgetown growing up, Moore states that he has no leader at this point in his recruitment.
"I'm not really sure when I will decide on a school or where it will be," Moore said. "I will decide when I feel it is the right place. Location doesn't mean anything as long as it is the right fit."