Syracuse-Pittsburgh 2/2/2013

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

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.

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Louisville’s Rick Pitino on allegations: ‘We will get through this’

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Louisville coach Rick Pitino remains defiant that his program will survive the allegations in a book by an escort alleging that former Cardinals staffer Andre McGee hired her and other dancers to strip and have sex with recruits and players.

Pitino said Tuesday that the Cardinals “will get through this the right way.”

The coach told a packed room at a tipoff luncheon that he understands the motivation behind Katina Powell’s book “Breaking Cardinal Rules: Basketball and the Escort Queen,” but questions the need for the alleged activities given the talent his program has produced.

Pitino added, “We will find out the truth, whatever it may be, and those responsible will pay the price.”

Georgia Tech lands Class of 2016 guard

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Georgia Tech picked up its third Class of 2016 commitment on Tuesday as the Yellow Jackets landed a pledged from three-star guard Josh Okogie.

The 6-foot-4 guard is considered the No. 143 overall prospect in the national Class of 2016 rankings and Okogie played with a very talented Team CP3 in the Nike EYBL. In 22 games this spring and summer, Okogie averaged 10.6 points, 4.5 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.6 steals per game while shooting 45 percent from the field.

Okogie joins three-star wing Christian Matthews and four-star big man Romello White in head coach Brian Gregory’s Class of 2016 at Georgia Tech. The group is definitely a solid influx of talent with some coming from successful grassroots programs.