The Illini lost two of their signed players when Brad Underwood took over as head coach, but they now have a shot at landing a former Illinois Mr. Basketball.
According to CBS Sports’ Jon Rothstein, Illinois has been tabbed as a likely landing spot for soon-to-be Cal transfer Charlie Moore, a Chicago native and former top-rated recruit.
Kansas and Illinois have emerged as the two likeliest landing spots for Cal transfer Charlie Moore, per multiple sources.
— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) April 19, 2017
According to 247Sports, Moore was a 4-star prospect coming out of Morgan Park High School in 2016. Moore originally signed a Letter of Intent to play at Memphis, but he asked for his release when coach Josh Pastner left for Georgia Tech.
However, the one-time No. 1 prospect in the state of Illinois announced in April that he would leave Cal to return closer to home. According to ESPN’s Jeff Goodman, Moore is transferring to be closer to his father, who is ill.
Thank you, Bear fans and Supporters. pic.twitter.com/vivkof7VJX
— Charles Moore (@CharlieM2_) April 13, 2017
The Illini haven’t had a very good April so far as two players — 4-star forward Jeremiah Tilmon and 3-star guard Javon Pickett — have been released from their Letters of Intent from the school’s four-man recruiting class of 2017.
However, Illinois could take a bad situation and turn it around with the flip of a hat.
In his lone season at Cal, Moore played in 20 games, averaged 14.5 points per game and shot 39 percent from 3-point range for the Golden Bears. Should Illinois add Moore to a backcourt that includes 2017 point guard recruits Trent Frazier and Da’Monte Williams, the Fighting Illini could make a strong case for a top 5 finish in the Big Ten next season.