MAPLE GROVE, Minn. – Charlie Moore sits among the top point guard targets for Iowa and others in the 2016 recruiting class. He appears to be raising his stock with strong play during the spring AAU period for the Mac Irvin Fire.
The Chicago floor leader showed off his skills at the EYBL event here. In five games, the 5-foot-9, 160-pounder averaged 18.4 points, 4.4 assists, 3.6 rebounds and 2.8 steals. He shot 35 of 74 from the floor, including 14 of 35 on threes, and turned it over 3.6 times per contest.
WHAT I SAW: I wouldn’t call Moore a true point guard in the sense that he frequently looks for his shot as opposed to always looking to set up teammates first. And I don’t view that as a negative.
He shows good ability to get to the rim and finish among taller players. He hit a really nice tear-drop floater on a baseline drive that you can see on the video below. I wouldn’t say Moore is ultra quick but he’s quick enough to beat defenders off the dribble and create space.
He’s on the short side. If you watched my interview with him on the site, you can judge for yourself. I’m 5-10 (and overweight).
Moore is solidly built and added strength in a college weight program should help him hold up against the bigger bodies in high major ball. Getting stronger will especially help on the defensive end, where I saw him crumble on screens and overpowered by larger guards.
Overall, Moore impressed me. He’s far from a finished product but his improvement in the last year shows a willingness to work at getting better. If he can improve his outside shot and come up with a mid-range game, he has a ceiling to get excited about.