Cincinnati has suspended freshman forward Quadri Moore, the school announced on Saturday.
Moore was suspended for not meeting the academic and athletic standards of the program.
“We have standards both athletically and academically in our program that Quadri is not meeting,” head coach Mick Cronin said in a statement. “It is my hope that Quadri will take this time to make the adjustments he needs to make in order to be Bearcat again.”
The 6-foot-8 Moore has played in 21 games this season as a reserve for the Bearcats, and his being suspended means that the Bearcats are down to nine scholarship players. The New Jersey native averaged 2.4 points and 1.2 rebounds per game in 9.4 minutes per contest.
On Tuesday, Linden High (N.J.) big man Quadri Moore became Cincinnati’s second commit for its Class of 2014.
Earlier in the day, Adam Zagoria of SNY.tv reported that Moore had given his commitment to the Bearcats, though at that point the Cincy coaching staff had yet to hear from Moore. Just before 5 p.m., Jon Rothstein, CBS Sports Network College Basketball Insider tweeted that the coaching staff had received word from Moore. CBS Sports College Basketball Writer Jeff Borzello followed seconds later with the same information.
The 6-foot-9 Moore is ranked as the No. 103 overall player in the Class of 2014 by Rivals. He also held offers from Georgetown, Providence, Rutgers, Seton Hall and St. John’s. According to many, it came down to Cincinnati and Seton Hall. Jerry Carino of MyCentralJersey.com noted that a long relationship with Mick Cronin, and especially assistant coach Darren Savino — a Jersey native who played under Hall of Famer Bob Hurley, Sr. at St. Anthony High — played a big role.
This past season at Linden High, Moore averaged 14.6 points, 5.7 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per game. He also connected on 19 3-pointers as a junior.
Moore joins Hutchinson Community College (Kan.) center Coreontae DeBerry in Cincy’s 2014 class.