Report: Rutgers lands former Pittsburgh forward J.J. Moore

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Rutgers has landed a third transfer since the hiring of Eddie Jordan as head coach, with former Pittsburgh small forward J.J. Moore committing to attend the school according to a report from Adam Zagoria of ZagsBlog.com.

Earlier this month Rutgers received a commitment from former Iowa State guard/forward Nkereuwem Okoro, and earlier this week it was reported that onetime Miami guard Bishop Daniels will also attend the school.

According to Jerry Carino of Gannett New Jersey, Moore will apply for a hardship waiver that would make him eligible to play immediately. If a waiver isn’t granted Moore wouldn’t be eligible to play until the 2014-15 season.

If that’s the case the Scarlet Knights would have two players with extensive playing experience at the small forward position for their debut season in the Big Ten, with holdover Malick Kone being the other (Okoro played in just nine games at Iowa State last season).

In 33 games at Pittsburgh last season Moore, a native of Brentwood, N.Y., averaged 8.0 points and 3.0 rebounds per game in just under 19 minutes of action per contest.

Those numbers were a slight improvement over Moore’s averages as a sophomore (7.5 ppg, 2.9 rpg), and in three seasons at Pittsburgh Moore averaged 6.8 points and 2.5 rebounds per game.

Moore’s a very good athlete, and the year off (if it came to that) should serve him well when it comes to refining his offensive skill set.

According to Gary Charles, Moore’s former AAU coach (New York Panthers), assistant coach Van Macon played a pivotal role in the process.

“Van Macon was extremely critical in J.J. deciding to go to Rutgers. His ability to address the family concerns and make J.J. feel important tipped the scale in Rutgers’ favor.”

Moore’s best offensive performance as a Panther came in an 81-66 victory over DePaul on March 9, as he scored 21 points in 19 minutes of action on 8-for-8 shooting from the field.

Raphielle can be followed on Twitter at @raphiellej.

VIDEO: Zion Williamson throws down a vicious putback

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Zion Williamson made another highlight-reel play on Saturday outside of Atlanta as he threw down a vicious putback dunk at the Best of the South.

The five-star prospect has returned from a minor knee injury this spring to look like his old self in July as he’s entertained packed gyms of fans and college coaches the last two weeks.

The Class of 2018 star is currently regarded as the No. 3 overall prospect in the latest Rivals.com national rankings.

(h/t: Courtside Films)

Five-star 2018 point guard Darius Garland cuts list to six schools

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Five-star Class of 2018 point guard Darius Garland revealed the final six schools that he’s considering on Friday.

The N0. 12 overall prospect in the Class of 2018, according to Rivals, the 6-foot-0 Garland is one of the top floor generals in the nation as he is still considering Duke, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, UCLA and Vanderbilt.

A native of Nashville, Garland is a potentially elite perimeter threat at the college level as he’s one of the more deadly three-point marksmen in the nation.

Garland spent this spring and summer playing with Bradley Beal Elite in the Nike EYBL as he averaged 16.8 points and 4.8 assists per game in the league this spring.

VIDEO: Kentucky’s John Calipari participates in the #DriveByDunkChallenge

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The #DriveByDunkChallenge is sweeping the nation on social media this summer.

Rules to participate are pretty simple:

  1. Drive around in your vehicle.
  2. Find a basketball hoop (or a basketball ring if you’re Ted Cruz) on a random driveway.
  3. Run out of your car and dunk on that random hoop while a friend films.
  4. Run back to your car and drive away.

Let Anthony Davis show you how it works:

Pretty simple, right?

The #DriveByDunkChallenge isn’t raising money or awareness for ALS like the #IceBucketChallenge did three years ago, but it’s something harmless and fun to do to pass the time during the dog days of summer.

Sensing an opportunity to join an Internet craze, while also following in the footsteps of his former player Kentucky star, Wildcats head coach John Calipari got involved with his own dunk late Friday night.

And his video is much funnier than I thought it would be.

While most #DriveByDunkChallenge videos are done by healthy and spry teenagers who are cruising neighborhoods during the day, Calipari, and his hip replacement, got in on the fun with a late-night dunk.

I love that Calipari ditched the ball behind his back while running back to the car after the dunk.

Most people who participate in the challenge usually have their own ball and keep it with them through completion. But Calipari either picked up a random ball in the driveway or just he lost the handle with his own ball and had a turnover.

The next time Calipari goes hard on one of his point guards for losing control and playing too fast, remember this moment.

Creighton’s Khyri Thomas posterizes defender

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Creighton rising junior wing Khyri Thomas, like several of his teammates, are taking part in the Omaha Summer League this offseason.

On Thursday night, the 6-foot-3, 205-lb. Thomas eviscerated a defender with a one-handed posterization.

Thomas is coming off a breakout sophomore campaign for the Bluejays. He started all 35 games, averaging 12.3 points, 5.8 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.5 steals per game. Aside from the increase in offensive production, Thomas served as one of the top defenders in the Big East. He shared the Big East Defensive Player of the Year Award with Villanova’s Josh Hart and Mikal Bridges.

Zion Williamson throws down 360 windmill dunk

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Zion Williamson added another jaw-dropping dunk in the layup lines on the first night of the second live evaluation period.

Williamson and his SC Supreme team took on Each 1 Teach 1 at the Hoopseen Best of the South at the LakePoint Sporting Community in greater Atlanta.

The 6-foot-7 power forward threw down a 360 windmill dunk during his pregame routines.

Each 1 Teach 1 would pick up a 70-67 victory over SC Supreme. Williamson would end with a monster stat line of 37 points and seven rebounds.