Clifton Moore talks decision to stick with Indiana

  • 04/17/2017 10:55 am in

The last month was difficult for 2017 Hatboro-Horsham (Pa.) forward Clifton Moore.

After Tom Crean was fired from Indiana on March 16, Moore’s future in Bloomington was uncertain. So he requested a release from his National Letter of Intent so that his options could remain open.

“I was a little shaken up,” he told Inside the Hall on Monday morning. “I committed in October and I was going in thinking that everything was going to be planned out. But then that happened and it put everything on hold and made everything a little complicated.”

But it didn’t take long for Indiana’s new coach, Archie Miller, to reach out after his hiring to express to Moore than he wanted him to remain a Hoosier.

Miller and assistant coach Bruiser Flint, a Philadelphia native, met with Moore and his family on April 9.

“The biggest thing was feeling comfortable with the coaches and what their plans were for me in the future,” Moore explained. “I just felt reassured on his style of play and his player development. It was familiar to me because my AAU team plays similar to that.

“And he told me where I was going to play and it was similar to where I played there, too. I thought it would be an easier learning curve because it was already familiar to me.”

Moore said that one of his biggest takeaways from the meeting with Miller and Flint was how straightforward they were with their plan for him.

“They didn’t put any fluff on it,” he said. “They didn’t try to butter anything up. They just told me the plan that they saw and the goals that they’re trying to reach, the success they’re looking for. It was all truth.”

On Sunday, Moore informed the coaching staff that he is sticking with Indiana. The 6-foot-10 forward, ranked the No. 140 prospect nationally by the 247Composite, plans to arrive in Bloomington on June 16.

Moore’s decision to reaffirm his commitment to Indiana means that the entire 2017 recruiting class, which also includes Al Durham Jr. and Justin Smith, remains intact.

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  • SCHoosier

    Both Smith and Al D have committed to being on campus for the early June arrival date. I hope Moore can folo suit. No doubt IU was negatively impacted last year when DD and McFly most of the summer work opportunity.

  • Fivelefts

    From what I’ve gathered.. All three seem to be solid students, in the classroom! I agree.. It will definitely be beneficial to have them present all summer! I’m equally exited for DD and McFly’s chance, to get to participate in this summers workouts as well!

  • Piker

    It does say he plans on arriving June 16th so that is encouraging.

  • TomJameson

    Sounds like all three recruits are coming about the same time.

  • BannerOrBust

    I’m looking forward to Clifton Moore. Great athleticism for a big man, looks like he has a nice jumper…

  • Outoftheloop

    Great news! The 2017 class is much like Sheehey and Oladipo’s class, with Smith actually higher ranked! Good size: 6’10, 6’7, and 6’4; good length; good athletes, one special; good hard working kids; good students/citizens. A lot to like!

  • Outoftheloop

    Archie has had a perfect first month!

  • VanPastorMan

    I am glad that we haven’t had lots of defections from the team via current players and those who are slotted to come in. It will help a lot. But it will also show us whether CAM can take Crean’s players and do more with them.

  • iugradmark

    Alex said on Twitter that Draft Express rated Moore quite highly. I think he is likely to be seen as an underrated player in his class.

  • Hoosierkamp

    I am so curious what ROJO does with Archie as his coach…. more than anyone on the roster. So much potential. Assuming ROJO does not leave Indiana

  • Hoosierkamp

    Awesome. Is anyone else really curious what the roster will look like as far as subtraction? OG is 1. JBJ and TM are a decent shot of course….. but hard to tell

    Will be interesting

  • TomEke

    Lots of players I am “curious to see with CAM” — I’m not sure I could say one more than any other. ROJO is definitely up there, but I’d say TB, JBJ, and CUJO are equally intriguing for me.

  • iugradmark

    Archie said he would announce all player situations at once. He knows with a lot more certainty who is not coming back. I believe he has a plan B in the event a couple of the kids that declared decided to come back. I still think JBJ is not likely to return. With the injuries and the changes coming to the style of play, I feel like he will move on and look to catch on with a team through the D League if not drafted.

    TB and RJ are a little harder to predict but again, I think Archie has a pretty good feel on what they are going to do. If JBJ leaves and one of them decides to move on, we are in balance. I still think there is an underclassmen that will choose to leave.

    Archie has done the best with the cards he was dealt. He will keep a good amount of the current team and has kept all the recruits. He was too late to start over on recruiting and if a lot of kids had decided to leave, he would have been very short this season. As it is, we will have challenges, especially if TB leaves as we will lack size but I think his defensive approach will help us if we have to play some small ball. I am very excited but also realistic. We have a lot of changes this next year and it is going to take some time to get things really gelling.

  • I can’t believe he’s ranked 140. He has great size, and very coordinated for 6’10. I think he has the best chance to go pro out of everyone on our roster. I see lots of jared Jefferies similarities.

  • Outoftheloop

    Who is TM?

  • GivenGo

    Kudos to Tom Crean for finding him…

  • Jeremy

    I wonder if redshirting someone is in the mix as regard to scholarships.

  • Greg M. Bailey

    Redshirt seasons only give a player another year of eligibility, it does not reduce the number of players under scholarship.

  • Hoosierkamp

    Bad typing. TB. My bad

  • Hoosierkamp

    Didnt know he was going to announce all of that at once. Good to know. And yes, I agree. Time will tell.

    I wonder if Hartman not taking scholarship is an option for him? Not that he doesn’t deserve it, but maybe he offered that in case.

  • FKIM01

    That thought occurred to me as well. If Blackmon leaves to play for money and Hartman plays off scholarship, we are even again.