Indiana offers 2017 forward Clifton Moore

  • 09/16/2016 10:36 am in

There’s a new name to know on the recruiting radar for 2017.

Hatboro-Horsham (Pa.) forward Clifton Moore, who is unranked by the national recruiting services, added a scholarship offer from Indiana last night.

Tom Crean made the trip to Pennsylvania on Thursday to watch Moore in an open gym at his high school and offered the 6-foot-10 prospect.

Moore, who didn’t play for a shoe company team this summer, played for Hoopdreamz. He’s played with that program since he was 9 years old.

“Indiana saw him in July and kept in contact some,” Jonathan Michels of the Hoopdreamz program told Inside the Hall. “Coach Crean came and watched last night and I think kind of realized what he actually is and what he could be down the line.”

It might have been perfect timing for the Hoosiers as Moore is planning to trim his list to five schools this weekend.

“He’s a 6-foot-10, 6-foot-10 and a half, jump shooting, ball handling, wing,” Michels explained. “Probably at that level, he’ll have to guard the four spot. He’s a perimeter guy that just turned 17 the last week of August. The sky is absolutely the limit for him.

“He’s a kid who kind of bloomed late. Everybody tried to steal him, but he’s been with us since he was 9 years old. He’s a comfort level kind of kid. He didn’t want to leave his guys.”

Moore, who is the cousin of 2017 IU target Jordan Tucker, has some notable athletes in his family. His mom is the cousin of Julius Peppers. Taylor Ellis-Watson, who ran in the 2016 Olympics in Rio, is also a cousin.

In addition to the recent offer from Indiana, Moore has a long list of suitors. Some of the schools Michels mentioned as being involved are Ole Miss, Temple, St. Joe’s, Lafayette, Richmond and Drexel.

Moore, who weighs just 200 pounds, has an official visit scheduled to Ole Miss for next weekend.

“I know he’s intrigued by Indiana because it’s Indiana,” Michels said. “It’s a different thing. I just think he’s a kid that a lot of the bigger schools have missed.”

One of Moore’s notable performances of the summer came against Fort Wayne Snider’s Malik Williams, a former Indiana target who committed to Louisville.

“He had 20 and 12 against Malik,” Michels said. “I think he’s better than Malik. That’s my personal opinion, but I’m partial.”

The next step for Moore after trimming his list will be setting up additional visits. It’s possible that one of those trips could be to Bloomington.

“I think he’s got to go and know for sure that he’s never going to be a five-man,” Michels explained. “That’s not what he is. He’s a different kid, he’s a suburban kid, he’s an only child. He’s a comfort level. To him, it’s not necessarily whoever that biggest school is. If he goes and visits Indiana or Ole Miss and it doesn’t feel right, he’s not going to go. He has to be comfortable with the coach and comfortable in the setting.”

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  • inLinE6

    Very interesting. If Crean made the trip to see him and offered, there must be something special in him. I liked the fact that he’s from an athlete rich family. Tons of intangibles down the line.

  • BL4IU

    and he whooped up on MW. Loving that.

  • Fivelefts

    I totally agree! Plus! He just turned 17! And is 6’10 1/2!! That’s Awesome! Sounds like a poor man’s Kevin Durant!

  • TomJameson

    Most definitely does not want to play the 5. That shouldn’t be a problem with DD, but maybe we need another big to come aboard as well??

  • sarge

    Indiana is the perfect situation for guys of his skill set. Crean preaches position-less players and he will have a great range of situations to display his offense in our system. He will also be valuable on defensive if he can move his feet like OG and guard multiple guys. I like the fit, now can we get a highlight video of this young man?

  • Kyl470

    No clue how good or bad this kid is, but when you read that he didn’t play for one of the major shoe companies AAU teams I have to believe that could be a major reason why he isn’t ranked by a lot of the major recruiting services.

  • just a fan

    Look at the neck and shoulders of this young man, in a couple of years of weightwork, his body will add on many lbs of weight & strength. Compare his build to Deng, I think it is, whose frame will always be slender. I’d be interested to know what Clifton’s wingspan might be, another OG with that tremendous stretch for altering shots? Look forward to the (hopefully) upcoming highlight films, Alex!

  • Arch Puddington

    Whatever else I question CTC for, I will never again question his pursuit of under-the-radar players. They won’t all work out, but then not all 5 star recruits do either. Victor Oladipo, Nick Zeisloft, Will Sheehey, OG Anunoby….the list of major finds is long and growing.

    I will say that I don’t like the sound of this: “…he’s got to go and know for sure that he’s never going to be a five-man,” Michels explained. “That’s not what he is….he’s a suburban kid, he’s an only child. He’s a comfort level.”

    I realize it’s just an offhand comment, but if you take it to mean something, his own coach is essentially saying that he doesn’t have the kind of toughness that some players do. As Skal Labissiere showed last year, tall and athletic will only get you so far; to compete at the highest level, you gotta have some dog in you.

    Still, if CTC wants him, I want him. Juwan Morgan is as tough as they come, so maybe he can toughen this kid up a little.

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    Arch, Great point. When I first read the headline I immediately said to myself, “Where did this come from?” I trust CTC and the comment from the high school coach commenting on how well he played against Williams really gets me excited. I like this recruit,,,a lot.

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    I think signing Billy Preston and Clifton Moore would be great for IU.

  • Steven Childers

    just goes to show not all talent is from Indiana.

  • RDD#76

    Your right but it would be nice to get one a year as they know the Hooiser Tradition

  • Corey Dunigan

    I respectfully disagree. It is not essentially saying that “he doesn’t have the kind of toughness that some players do”

    Maybe the kid doesn’t want to be a five expected to spend most of his time near the rim in the paint; relying on post moves with his back often to the basket.

    Some guys just want to play square to the basket with face moves especially those who consider themselves shooters

    Just my opinion but I bet most guys have dreams of crossing someone over like Hardaway, streaking to the rim like Durant or draining a fade like Kobe.

    Although I am sure many still want to “post like Hakeem”

  • Arch Puddington

    It isn’t the fact that he doesn’t want to play the 5 that bothers me. I shouldn’t even have included that part of the quote. It’s the rest it. What his coach meant is up for debate, but as quoted I think it’s fair to wonder. “Suburban” is not normally meant as a compliment when talking about competitive basketball.

  • Zach

    Would be intrigued to see a highlight video should ITH get their hands on one. Sounds like he’s got the body type and game style similar to a Brandon Ingram from Duke last year (not comparing talent, just style). Have never seen any clips of him playing, but no doubt he could be a “ranked-caliber” player but just isn’t ranked because he doesn’t play for a high profile team

  • HardRockHoosier

    The coach hasn’t said he’s not tough.. He said he has to go where he feels comfortable. I’m assuming you do know the story around Larry Bird. Didn’t feel comfortable at IU. Doesn’t mean he wasn’t tough. Just means the kid feels he has some qualifications and he can be selective. Would you want to go where you don’t feel comfortable. I just don’t think that part means a whole lot.

  • Corey Dunigan

    Okay, I see what you are saying. I agree.

    I get the feeling they are using “suburban” as a why to illustrate some kind of distinguishing personality trait which I don’t think is fair on any level.

    Suburban basketball though is not in my opinion its own brand.

    There is only team ball and me ball.
    Team ball – you just want to win
    Me Ball – you just want to show off enough skill to get picked up by another team if your team loses.

    The thing I took away was how he didn’t leave his club even though “shoe clubs” were after him. We all need to get out of our “comfort zone” but we also need to learn more loyalty.

  • numbero123abc

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