The top senior high school basketball player in Illinois made his commitment on Thursday as Morgan Park point guard Charlie Moore pledged to Memphis during a press conference.
The 5-foot-11 Moore is coming off of a tremendous junior season in which he made the CSN Preps Basketball All-Area second team after helping lead Morgan Park to the Class 3A final four. Regarded as the No. 57 overall prospect in the national class of 2016, according to Rivals, Moore selected Memphis over his other finalists of Cal and VCU.
A point guard capable of setting up teammates or scoring thanks to deep range on his jumper, Moore came out of the gate quickly last season with a 49-point game in Morgan Park's season-opening win over Urban Prep/Bronzeville. Moore averaged 18 points a game during his junior season and turned in a huge 28-point effort in a sectional title game win over Red-South rival Bogan.
Moore continued his solid play in the spring and summer with the Mac Irvin Fire in the Nike EYBL. In 22 games in league play, Moore averaged 15.8 points, 4.5 assists and 2.7 rebounds per game as he proved himself to be a top national point guard.
During his sophomore season, Moore was the starting point guard on Morgan Park's Class 3A state championship team, and he has a chance to go to Peoria three straight times if the Mustangs can make it back to the final four this season. Morgan Park will once again be a favorite to win a city and state championship this season as Moore is joined by other talented senior guards like Jamal Burton and Jarrin Randall.
With Moore committing, St. Joseph senior big man Nick Rakocevic remains the area's best uncommitted player as we get closer to the season beginning.