- Adam Finkelstein
Cincinnati scored a commitment from ESPN 100 PF Quadri Moore (Linden, NJ/Linden) on Tuesday afternoon. He was also considering Miami, Seton Hall, and Wake Forest. Moore joins freshman forward Jermaine Lawrence to become the second ESPN 100 prospect from the tri-state area to commit to coach Mick Cronin in as many years.
Why he committed: Cincinnati's strong roots in the tri-state area are directly tied to assistant coach Darren Savino, who grew up in the state, later played at St. Anthony under head coach Bob Hurley, and was an assistant coach at Rutgers before rejoining Cronin. Cincinnati was consequently able to identify Moore early in his career and recruit him diligently throughout the last few years.
What he brings: He's a highly skilled big man who stretches opposing defenses to the three-point line with ease and has a passer's instinct as well. Right now he's best suited as a trail big or a pick-and-pop presence in the half-court, but he's got the wide and naturally strong frame to become more of a post threat in time as well, making him a potentially very difficult match-up problem down the road.
How he fits: It's a good fit all the way around. Cincinnati gets to add a little bit of a different dimension to its frontcourt while Moore heads to a school and coaching staff that should be able to get the best out of him. With unquestioned talent, Moore's productivity has always come in correlation to his energy level and motor. Simply put, he needs to learn to play hard all the time and prove he can be consistent with his conditioning. The culture that Cronin has established at Cincinnati won't allow anything less than that, and a fully engaged Moore would be one of the top post prospects to come out of this class.
How class is shaping up: With David Nyarsuk, Justin Jackson, and Titus Rubles all entering their senior years, the frontcourt was the top priority for Cronin and his staff this summer. Moore gives them just the start they were looking for in a highly talented big man capable of making an immediate contribution, and because he's versatile enough to play either the four or five, Cincinnati will have some flexibility in completely the rest of their class with Donte Grantham (Martinsburg, WV/Hargrave Military Academy) and Chinanu Onuaku (Upper Marlboro, MD/Riverdale Baptist).
Who he reminds us of: His uniquely advanced perimeter skill set has some similarities, along with equal reluctance to mix it up inside at times, can be reminiscient of former West Virginia big man Kevin Pittsnogle, and yet he has a body type that looks more like former Pittsburgh big man DeJuan Blair, and it's the essence o