Alexis Moore, a 6-foot-2 freshman guard who started much of the season for USC, is transferring, and one report has him landing at Cal Poly.
Or at UC Davis.
The report does not credit any source for the statement of expectation that Moore would transfer to one of the two Big West Conference schools, but it would be an interesting pickup for the Mustangs.
Coming out of Long Beach Poly in 2011, Moore was rated as a top-15 player in the state by CalHiSports, according to his USC bio. He played in every game for the Trojans this past season, starting in 17 and averaging 4.3 points in 24.8 minutes per game.
In this video interview, Moore said his top four schools before he committed to USC included Stanford, UCLA and – GASP – UC Santa Barbara. With an impressive academic resume, he also received attention from Princeton and Yale. I wonder if the Gauchos are still interested. They have a lot to replace this offseason.
Division I transfer rules require basketball players to sit out one season before becoming eligible, so Moore’s first year would be the 2013-14 season.
By that time, Cal Poly will have a lot of seasoned guards already. Barring injury, Jamal Johnson, Maliik Love and Kyle Odister will all be seniors, and Reese Morgan will be a third-year sophomore. Mustangs head coach Joe Callero has also said that he’s looking for a high school point guard to round out this year’s recruiting class. And if Chris O’Brien is awarded a medical redshirt for this past season, he could still be around, too.
That would be a crowded back court to break into, but looking at one of Moore’s highlight videos from high school, it would also be really hard to deny this kind of scorer:
Moore did not have the type of season he wanted at USC as the Trojans stumbled to a 6-26 record and he shot just 28.7 percent from the field and 28.3 percent from 3-point range, but a change of scenery could help him flourish. We’ve seen plenty of Pac-12 transfers find scoring success in the Big West.
Cal Poly also needs some immediate help down low, but Moore looks like the kind of transfer you save a roster spot for.
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