KU one of the leaders for Cal transfer Charlie Moore?


Kansas University basketball recruiting

Kansas University basketball recruiting

According to a Tweet from college basketball analyst Jon Rothstein, Kansas and Illinois have emerged as the two favorites to land Cal point guard Charlie Moore, who plans to transfer in the offseason.

Moore, a 5-foot-11, former four-star prospect in the Class of 2016, averaged 12 points and 3.5 assists per game for the Bears this season. He played in 34 games and averaged 29 minutes per game during his freshman season.

Moore originally committed to Memphis prior to last season but backed out of that commitment when then-Memphis coach Josh Pastner left for Georgia Tech.

That sent Moore to Cal, where he played one year for Cuonzo Martin, who left this offseason to take over at Missouri. Despite praising Cal’s promotion of assistant coach Wyking Jones into the head coach’s office, Moore elected to transfer in order to be closer to his ailing father, who, in 2015, suffered a stroke.

“After many discussions with my family, I’ve made the decision to transfer to be closer to home,” Moore said in a statement earlier this month. “This was an extremely difficult decision for me, but the opportunity to be closer to my family is one that I feel is necessary for me at this time. I am grateful for my first year at California and for teammates, who became my brothers.”

Called by during his recruitment, “a dynamo who can score,” Moore carries a toughness typical of Chicago prospects and is known for his explosive abilities and on-court personality.

Although Rothstein’s report merely mentioned KU as one of two frontrunners for Moore, there’s a lot about the link to Kansas that makes sense.

For one, signing with KU would give him the opportunity to play with former Memphis players Dedric and K.J. Lawson, who also are transferring to KU this offseason. Although the trio never played together at Memphis, the Lawson brothers no doubt had an impact during Memphis recruitment of Moore.

For two, with KU losing Devonte’ Graham and possibly Malik Newman and Svi Mykhailiuk following the 2017-18 season, the Jayhawks will be looking to restock the cupboard with guards heading into the 2018-19 season, when Moore would become eligible after sitting out in accordance with NCAA transfer rules.


Ryan Zimmerman 1 year, 2 months ago

We're going to be done recruiting for the 2018-2019 season before we are done recruiting for the 2017-2018 season...

Jason Brinker 1 year, 2 months ago

I have to believe Coach Self might want another eligible player for next season as opposed to a 3rd player sitting out due to transfer rules. Seems unlikely that Chuck is coming to Lawrence unless we just can't find anyone else for the last scholarship.

Dirk Medema 1 year, 2 months ago

How many transfers did we carry this past season?

Seems like Coach is more than willing carry transfers if he thinks they'll be helpful.

Tony Bandle 1 year, 2 months ago

Playing at Illinois in Champaign would put Charles a lot closer to his sick father in Chicago than playing at KU in Lawrence. He does, however, bear a remarkably similar look to Frank in attitude, body and that stage in Frank's development.

My guess is that if Svi leaves, he comes..if Svi stays, he goes Illini. We still would have Graham, Vick, Conliffe, Garrett, Newman and maybe Duvall to man the back line.

Aw, heck..who knows??

Dirk Medema 1 year, 2 months ago

UofI would be closer distance wise, but it means driving 2 hrs vs hopping on a plane at KCI to Midway which could be 3 hrs D2D. An afternoon either way.

Harlan Hobbs 1 year, 2 months ago

Absolutely right, Jason. Our biggest need is a strong power forward or center who can contribute immediately.

Ben Berglund 1 year, 2 months ago

Yup. Still hoping for immediately eligible senior transfer big man. Not whether there are even any prospects along those lines.

Doug Merrill 1 year, 1 month ago

Svi's decision should have no impact on his.

Matt Stone 1 year, 1 month ago

How bout this guy? 4⭐️ PF/Mark Donnal RS JR 6-9 240 lbs is immediately eligible from Michigan. Gives us post support and has played at a good school against great competition. Can relieve Preston to.

Alan Dickey 1 year, 1 month ago

Moore just committed to transfer to KU for 2018-19.

Alan Dickey 1 year, 1 month ago

Why would the LJW write an article about KU being a leading prospect for landing Charlie Moore, but then, when he actually commits to KU , not mention a single word about it for days?

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