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Top 100 point guard Charlie Moore has verbally committed to California, a source told Scout.— Evan Daniels (@EvanDaniels) May 19, 2016
In a bit of an unexpected turn of events, lead guard and elite facilitator Charlie Moore out of Chicago picked the Golden Bears over Illinois, SMU, LSU, and Georgia Tech, among others. He was a consensus top-100 player and Mr. Basketball for the State of Illinois.
With the departures of Jaylen Brown and Tyrone Wallace, there is certainly an opportunity for Moore to earn early playing time.
Moore was previously committed to the Memphis Tigers, but he ultimately decommitted in early April when then-coach Josh Pastner left for Georgia Tech.
In one fell swoop Cuonzo Martin fixed two very important problems:
1) Moore provides some semblance of class continuity at a position of need, providing a talent bridge to what will be a critical Class of 2017. What might have been a wasted recruiting year is now a success. Moore is likely a four year player, and figures to hold down the PG position for much of his time in Berkeley.
2) Cal's offense last year was overloaded with ball-dominant finishers, with complimentary players often unable to get the ball in good scoring positions. It was crying for a multi-threat guard with the ability to penetrate, dish, and score. Voila.
Moore should compete for minutes from Day 1, and if nothing else, the Cal offense will look a lot prettier next year (hi boomtho!). It is likely to be significantly more efficient.
Check out this brief scouting report on Moore courtesy of ESPN and BleacherReport:
ESPN.com's scouting report describes Moore as follows: "A cat-quick, tough and fearless guard that is an aggressive playmaker. He has a tight handle, is an excellent passer as he attacks and has beyond-the-arc shooting range when he is in rhythm."
While Moore's size will be a slight concern, he compensates for it with his speed, vision and playmaking ability. He can score the rock or set up his teammates for easy buckets. He is also a dangerous scorer from the perimeter and can use his quickness to separate from defenders or quickly step back and hit from beyond the arc.
CGB might have a scouting breakdown on Moore in the near future, if we can get anyone motivated enough to do some work.
NCAA tournament week was brutal. But with Ivan back, and Moore in the fold, the worst is over. The future remains bright. #Hype.
Rivals: 4 stars
247Sports: 4 stars, 0.9717
ESPN: 4 stars, 84