2017 forward Clifton Moore announces six finalists

  • 09/19/2016 8:34 am in

Class of 2017 Hatboro-Horsham (Pa.) forward Clifton Moore, who added a scholarship offer from Indiana last week, announced his list of finalists over the weekend.

The 6-foot-10 Moore, who is unranked by the national recruiting services, will pick from a list of six schools: Indiana, Lafayette, Northwestern, Ole Miss, St. Joseph’s and Temple.

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

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

The intrigue of being pursued by one of the nation’s top programs has the attention of Moore, according to his AAU coach.

“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.”

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  • sarge

    Making it as a finalist is great, but I would like to get a commitment from some of these guys. I know once the season starts I won’t be focused as much on recruiting, but it is gut wrenching. I love the positions we are in with so many good players, and I think it makes me more anxious. Only about a month away from Hoosier Hysteria, but the wait kills me every summer.

  • MDHoosier

    Two thoughts: first, no disrespect to these other schools, but Indiana is Indiana. None of these other schools are in the same basketball class as IU. Of course, a lot of other things factor into his decision, would he be more comfortable at a smaller school ala Larry Bird, etc. Second, it doesn’t concern me too much that this kid is unranked. CTC has a pretty good track record of taking kids that are ranked low and making them into very good players.

  • SCHoosier

    I see this kid as a “doable” physical and skills development project. Moore is certainly at a higher level skill wise than HMP- Bawa-PJ etc..(though not the athlete that HMP was). Moore is only 17..considering that.. he is probably worth the offer. For 6-10..his shot is a little flat making him 6-8 for a defender. Gets off his feet quick and appears to have a soft touch. I guess my real concern is the competition level..each team scored in the 20’s for the full game??? Moore ought to be getting 20 by himself. I think ‘Ole Miss has to be the favorite here..given how long they’ve been following him?

  • N71

    Best case: Jonathan Bender 2.0
    Worse case: Jeremiah April 2.0

  • BL4IU

    Yeah but does a PA kid really want to go to school in the deep south?

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    MD!! Right on!! Great point.

  • inLinE6

    Looks like a solid 4-year rotation player. Good fundamentals, but definitely need some development in all areas to be able to contribute in B1G. Given the guys we’re currently recruiting, I don’t see him coming unless we miss all of the top targets.

  • WhatsUpKnight2.0

    so kind of like a backup plan? i don’t see a whole lot there, to be honest. solid hs player with good height and a soft shot. to me, he just doesn’t stand out from the other players all that much. granted, i’m basing this on a single highlight reel.

  • BL4IU

    ALL the top targets? Nah. Guessing we’ll have an open scholly even if we get say three top targets.

  • inLinE6

    So basically, CH, TB, OG, and JBJ? Or someone has to transfer (not necessarily a bad thing if he’s behind walk-ons). That’s how you get 4 scholly.

  • SilentBob

    Gonna have to disagree on a few things. First, from the defenders stand point, it isn’t really about arc, but release point, and his isn’t 2 inches lower than it needs to be. Also you you have to factor in the speed and fluidity of the motion, which seems good. Plus add in high standing shoulders, and long limbs to further distance himself from defenders… I think he’s gonna be okay. Also, partially from those things, he seems to do an excellent job of high pointing the ball around bucket both defensively and offsively. Which can help keep blocks in play, secure rebounds, and finishing through contact.

    Second, the video seems to draw from just two games? If he drew that much video from two low scoring games, then he was probably his teams only effective player

  • Nashville Hoosier

    Listened to an interview with him earlier today… very well spoken young man. His coach stated that he is always the smartest one in the room/on the floor.. I like him.

  • IAM4IU

    Would it be alright if we stay away from using “well spoken”? It’s pretty racially coded. There are so many ways to say a player seems intelligent and thoughtful. I’m sure you didn’t mean anything by it, just been meaning to comment because it happens frequently on these message boards. IU is a fairly white fan base with predominantly black players. We as a community should be aware of and sensitive to this dynamic.

  • Ms hoosier

    The comment Nashville Hoosier made is not the problem!! You are!!

  • Piker

    Please tell me why you state IU is a fairly white fan base and start with big and move to any other division 1 league. This is an IU basketball site not a place for this type of comment. People speak the way they speak and do not need to be judged by others on this site for the way they communicate. We love IU basketball players of all colors. Black, white, brown and any other color you can think of. Ms Hossier is right you are the problem. But I will take a 4 or 5 over a 3.

  • Berned Out

    Thank you for this much needed comment! You made a point to say that you didn’t think Nashville “meant anything by it,” and I agree. You are critiquing the language, not the person.

  • BadBoyHulls

    That would be my expectation that those 4 are gone. It just seems JBJ is itching to get to the pros, could see him leaving even if it may not seem like a guarantee he gets drafted.