Charlie Moore ranked among the country’s highest rising prospects with his play during the AAU July evaluation period. The Chicago point guard credited the players around him.
"It was just me believing in my teammates, me looking for the open man, dishing it to them and that just opened up the floor for me. There were more opportunities for me to score and make plays because I trusted my teammates," he said.
Zach Norvell benefited from that trust. The shooting guard from Simeon High dropped 53 points during a July game for Mac Irvin Fire.
"That was a great sight to see. He hit 14 threes. He wasn’t missing. He was shooting the ball all over the court. I was just happy and excited for him. I was just getting him the ball and was like, go ahead, shoot it," Moore said.
With his AAU season behind him, Moore (5-11, 160) is turning his attention to finding the right college for him.
"I’m still just going through the process of being recruited. I think I’m going to take some of my visits next month," the Morgan Park High product said.
Moore said he has set up official visits in September to Pittsburgh and California. He was unsure of the exact dates.
"Cal is a great program. I have a great relationship with the head coach (Cuonzo Martin) and the assistant, Tracy Webster. They’re both Illinois guys. They’ve got the program on the rise, if they’re not already there right now. I’m just real interested in seeing those guys and their campus and how they run things out there," he said.
More said about Pittsburgh: "I have a great relationship with the assistant coach Smoke (Marlon Williamson). Coach Jamie Dixon also is a cool guy. Their program has a great tradition. It’s in the ACC. I just want to get down there and see their campus and how they run things."
Moore said he would likely use his three remaining official visits allowed by the NCAA. Right now, Iowa, Illinois, North Carolina, Memphis and VCU are in the running for them, he said. He reports scholarship offers from all of them other than the Tar Heels.
"I’ve talked to North Carolina a couple of times. I just have a great relationship with their assistant coach. They haven’t offered me or anything like that yet, but their program speaks for itself," he said.
Moore said he sees his recruitment lasting well into October and perhaps even closer to the mid-November signing day.
"I just don’t feel like I’m real close yet to my decision," he said.
Moore said he’s aware of the speculation out there that he’ll eventually choose between Iowa and Illinois. He said he’s not the one perpetuating that rumor.
"Yeah, I hear that a lot. But it’s not set in stone yet where I’m going to go or anything like that. That’s probably just people’s opinions of where I’m going," he said.
Iowa played host to Moore on an unofficial visit in June. The Hawkeyes have worked hard on landing the top point guard on their board.
"I think it’s still going great. I still have that strong relationship that I’ve been having with Coach (Fran) McCaffery and Coach (Sherman) Dillard. I just love their program and I can’t do nothing but speak highly about them because they’re great guys," he said.
The Hawkeyes are among the finalists for St. Louis Power Forward Tyler Cook, with whom Moore said he’s been good friends since they played in a Top 100 camp as sophomores. Asked about them teaming up in college, Moore said: “I think the chances are pretty high.”
In May, Cook cut his list to six schools – Arkansas, Florida, Iowa, Iowa State, Missouri and Virginia.
Iowa is the only school currently being listed by both Moore and Cook.
Moore finished his EYBL season averaging a team-high 26.3 points and 4.4 assists for the Mac Irvin Fire.