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Cal’s Charlie Moore will transfer

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Cal’s Charlie Moore was expected to play an important role in the first season of the Wyking Jones era. However, the freshman point guard has elected to transfer to a school closer to his home in Chicago, the program announced on Thursday night.

“After many discussions with my family, I’ve made the decision to transfer to be closer to home,” Moore said in a statement issued by the school. “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. I look forward to supporting Coach Jones and the Bears in the future, and I also want to thank the fans for all their support this past season.”

Moore, who originally committed to Memphis but decommitted once Josh Pastner left for Georgia Tech, started 34 games for the Golden Bears and averaged 12.2 points, 3.5 assists, and 2.0 rebounds per game. In the second game of his collegiate career, he scored 38 points in an overtime win over UC-Irvine.

The 5-foot-11 Moore, rated No. 55 overall in the Class of 2016 by Rivals, had been recruited by both DePaul and Illinois. He took official visits to VCU and Pittsburgh along with trips to Memphis and Cal.

With Jabri Bird and Grant Mullins out of eligibility and Ivan Rabb entering the NBA Draft, Cal returns only one starter from a season ago. The Golden Bears do bring in Kentucky transfer Marcus Lee, who sat out last season due to NCAA transfer rules. King’s first year at the helm in Berkeley has the makings of a long one.

Top recruit Moore picks Cal

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Memphis’ loss is California’s gain.

Chicago prep point guard Charlie Moore has committed to Cuonzo Martin and the Golden Bears, he announced Wednesday night.

“Thanks to all the coaches who recruited me but this upcoming year I will be part of the Cal family,” Moore wrote on Twitter.

A consensus top-100 player in the 2016 class, Moore originally signed with Memphis but was released from his letter of intent when Josh Pastner left for Georgia Tech earlier this spring. Word on his re-recruitment was mostly kept quiet, but a number of high-level programs, including in-state Illinois, were seeking his services.

Moore is the top-ranked player in Illinois’ senior class and was the state’s Mr. Basketball after a season in which he led powerhouse Morgan Park High School to a 26-4 record during his senior season. He gives Cal a point guard that can fire away from 3-point range as well as superbly run an offense and get his teammates involved.

He’s talented enough to immediately take control of the Bears’ attack and make a significant impact.

Memphis lands four-star point guard Charlie Moore

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With Ricky Tarrant and Kedren Johnson both being in their final season of eligibility and having missed out on local product Jaylen Fisher, Memphis entered Thursday in serious need of a point guard for the future. Head coach Josh Pastner and his staff received some much-needed good news, as four-star point guard Charlie Moore announced that he’ll be a Tiger at Morgan Park HS in Chicago.

Moore, who played well on the grassroots circuit for the Mac Irvin Fire program this summer, picked Memphis over California and VCU. And given the personnel losses the Tigers will have to address at the end of the 2015-16 season, the  5-foot-11 Moore is in a position where he can compete for major minutes immediately upon his arrival.

Moore’s commitment comes one day after Memphis announced the signing of junior college wing Jimario Rivers, another player who be asked to contribute in his debut season at Memphis.

The Tigers added five freshman guards to their program for the 2015-16 season, and veterans such as redshirt junior Avery Woodson and redshirt sophomore Markel Crawford will have eligibility remaining in 2016-17 as well. Moore won’t lack for competition, but his quickness on the ball and ability to make plays off the dribble are areas where Memphis can use his contributions next season and beyond.

Friday Las Vegas Recap: De’Aaron Fox, Charlie Moore have monster games

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LAS VEGAS — CBT spent a good portion of Friday at the Las Vegas Classic at Rancho High School as a pair of Class of 2016 lead guards put together signature performances on Friday night.

De’Aaron Fox states his case as top guard in the class: For the first two days in Las Vegas, CBT has been spending time watching matchups between five-star Class of 2016 point guards at the adidas Uprising Summer Championships. While Dennis Smith, Frank Jackson, Kobi Simmons and Lonzo Ball all faced each other at the adidas event, Houston native and 6-foot-3 guard De’Aaron Fox was over at the Las Vegas Classic playing with Houston Hoops. Fox has always been in the same conversation as the other four guards, but he made his case for No. 1 loud and clear with a 35-point performance on Friday night in a win over AZ Power Black.

Besides the scoring outburst — during which he had numerous deep 3-pointers and tough finishes around the basket — Fox also showed his trademark intensity on the defensive end of the floor. Fox separates himself from the aforementioned group of elite point guards with his relentless approach to defense. That trait — along with Fox’s supreme athleticism — was made abundantly clear when he pinned an opponent’s shot against the glass with both hands around the middle of the square on the backboard.

Known as more of a shot hunter last summer, Fox has refined his approach to the offensive end of the floor during this grassroots season and he’s shown good vision in the open floor. Fox has focused so much on getting others involved at times with Houston Hoops the last few months that he probably hasn’t shot the ball enough. In the monster outing on Friday night, Fox found a perfect mixture of how to be an effective scorer and distributor and he turned in one of the marquee performances of July. (SP)

2017 guard Nick Weatherspoon open despite brother’s cajoling: While there are cases of fathers getting to coach their sons at the college level, there have also been situations in which a younger brother has gone on to play with a sibling in college. That’s a possibility for 2017 guard Nick Weatherspoon, who’s played well for MBA Hoops at the adidas Uprising Summer Championships.

His older brother is Quinndary Weatherspoon, who along with Malik Newman is expected to be an impact newcomer for first-year head coach Ben Howland at Mississippi State. And according to the younger Weatherspoon, the older brother has remained in his ear about the possibility of the two playing on the same team in college.

“He’s been trying to talk to me about it, but it won’t have an effect on my decision,” Nick told NBC Sports. “We talk about it a lot. He wants me to come because we play well together and have good chemistry.”

When asked which other schools are in the running at present time, Nick mentioned LSU, UConn, Florida State, Miami and Ole Miss. With his ability to play either on of off the basketball, not to mention the fact that he’ll only be a junior this coming year, Nick Weatherspoon should be on the receiving end of even more recruiting interest. (RJ)

Charlie in charge: Another lead guard delivering a signature performance on Friday night was Class of 2016 Chicago native Charlie Moore.

In a matchup against Team CP3 in The Eight, Moore delivered a 31-point performance in an upset win as he soundly outplayed UConn commit Alterique Gilbert for the last half of the game.

Knocking down NBA-range 3-pointers to set up his drive game, Moore played the most complete offensive game he’s had all summer, as he also set up teammates like forward Miles Bridges and shooting guard Zach Norvell for big outings of their own.

Over the past few years, Moore has been reckless at times making questionable decisions and rushing some shots, but he put together a tremendous all-around effort on Friday night.

Moore is currently being courted hard by Cal, Illinois, Iowa, Memphis, Ole Miss, Pittsburgh and VCU while Georgetown, Penn State and Saint Louis are showing interest.

Illinois is likely to receive an official visit during the next few months and Iowa has also been present at every one of Moore’s games during July. Hailing from Chicago Public League powerhouse Morgan Park, Moore already earned a state championship as a starting point guard as a sophomore and made it back downstate to the final four this past season as a junior.

With a winning pedigree and an ability to spray shots from all over the floor, Moore is currently coveted by a number of high-major programs.

Two-sport athlete hoping to focus on one in college: While five-star big man Harry Giles and UConn commit Alterique Gilbert are the headliners on the CP3 All-Stars, another of their starters is a shooting guard capable of playing either football or basketball at the college level. That would be Ian Boyd, whose recruitment on the court has picked up during the month of July.

“Things have picked up a lot [recruiting-wise] this month compared to the last couple of years, because colleges are seeing what I can do on the basketball court,” Boyd told NBC Sports.

Already holding offers from the likes of East Carolina and Virginia Tech as a wide receiver, the North Carolina native stated that programs such as George Mason, Radford, Western Carolina and Campbell have reached out and offered him a basketball scholarship in recent weeks. And in regards to when he could possibly decide which sport he’ll play, Boyd doesn’t foresee a decision coming any time soon.

“I have no idea,” Boyd said when asked if he had a timeline in mind, but he reiterated his desire to focus on one sport at the next level. With that being the case, the upcoming football and basketball seasons will be important for the rising senior and the programs looking to land him. (RJ)

Mixtape of Class of 2016 point guard Charlie Moore (VIDEO)

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Class of 2016 point guard Charlie Moore is generating plenty of high-major interest this July and some Big Ten head coaches have been tracking his play. The Rivals 150 point guard is a native of Chicago and the 5-foot-10 guard is one of the most exciting playmakers in the class.

Illinois is working hard to keep Moore in-state while Iowa makes a strong push as well. Other schools from across the country are also working hard to stay involved.