Pitt Transfer Moore Chooses Rutgers

Pittsburgh transfer J.J. Moore found a new home in Rutgers, making his verbal commitment after a visit to campus. Moore is the second Division I transfer to choose Rutgers and new coach Eddie Jordan this week.

Pittsburgh junior forward J.J. Moore will transfer to Rutgers following a Thursday visit to campus and meeting with coach Eddie Jordan.

Moore liked Rutgers before his visit but said time spent with Jordan sealed the deal.

"I'm very excited to be coached under Eddie Jordan and coaches Van Macon and [David] Cox," Moore said. "Number one is getting coached by Eddie Jordan. He's been in the [NBA] for 20 years coaching. It's a great opportunity to be coached by a really high-level coach like himself."

Choosing Rutgers over other local schools like Fordham, the chance to play near home and in a comfortable system is important. Moore checks in at 6-foot-6 and 215 pounds and said his past experience playing against Rutgers has him excited to join the program.

With Pittsburgh, Moore played against Rutgers multiple times and said he fits well into their program philosophy.

"They're a run-and-gun team and they like to run a lot," Moore said. "They like to play scrappy. Myles Mack was always a scrappy competitor against us. They like to get out there and run and that's the style I'm going to embrace. It's a really good fit for me."

Moore averaged eight points and three rebounds per game for Pittsburgh as a junior. The former South Kent prospect hails from Brentwood, N.Y., and is excited to play closer to home.

"I like the home atmosphere," Moore said. "I came here on my visit when I was being recruited in high school and I liked it then. The players are very welcoming. I know a couple of players on the team, Kadeem Jack, Myles Mack, Kerwin [Okoro]. It was a good experience."

Moore arrives at Rutgers in July for the third summer session and has hopes of immediate eligibility. Not yet decided, he and Pittsburgh coach Jamie Dixon think he has a chance for a waiver to play right away, Moore said.

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