All three of Indiana’s 2017 signees will remain with the program.
Four-star forward Clifton Moore reaffirmed his commitment to IU on Sunday evening, Hoopdreamz AAU coach Jonathan Michels told The Herald-Times. Moore requested to be released from his signed National Letter of Intent on March 20, four days after Indiana fired former coach Tom Crean.
But one week after new IU coach Archie Miller flew to Philadelphia to meet with Moore and his family, the 6-foot-10 forward is ready to recommit to the Hoosiers.
In recent days, fellow IU signees Justin Smith, a four-star wing from Illinois, and Al Durham, a three-star guard from Georgia, have also reaffirmed their commitments to the Hoosiers, keeping IU’s full signing class intact.
Moore emerged as a recruiting prospect after a breakout spring and summer 2016 playing for Michels’ travel squad. In September, IU offered a scholarship to Moore, who also received early offers from Northwestern, Ole Miss and Temple, among others. Moore committed to IU in early October.
Since requesting his release, Temple, St. Joseph’s, Penn State, Minnesota, Northwestern, Delaware, Villanova, Pitt, Notre Dame, SMU, Wake Forest, Georgia Tech, South Carolina and North Carolina State reportedly reached out and expressed interest in Moore.
During the April 9 meeting between Miller and the Moores, Miller broke down Miller’s game on tape and explained how the player will fit in his system at IU. Michels says he feels that Miller has a strong grasp on the type of player Moore can become in Bloomington.
Moore could blossom as a stretch-four type, a forward who can handle the ball and play along the perimeter, as well as in the post.
“He just believes in Coach Miller’s plan for him,” Michels said.
Moore gives Indiana important frontcourt depth, too, especially if starting center Thomas Bryant decides to remain in the NBA Draft pool after the May 24 deadline to withdraw from the draft and return to school. Beyond Bryant, the only true posts IU currently has on its depth chart are De’Ron Davis, Tim Priller and, now, Moore.
Rivals considers Moore to be the No. 130 ranked player in the 2017 class. 247 Sports ranks Moore as the No. 126 player in 2017, the No. 32 power forward and the No. 7 prospect in the state of Pennsylvania.
Playing for the Blue team in last week’s Jordan Brand Classic, Moore played 21 minutes, scored 11 points, grabbed two rebounds, dished one assist, blocked one shot and made two steals.