As the bulk of the AAU season approaches, Pitt’s staff is locked in on recruiting the 2022 class, including power forward prospect Michael Moore out of SPIRE Academy.
Moore is a 6-foot-9, 215-pound forward with a 7-foot-4 wingspan. The Hermitage, Pennsylvania native has recently been in talks with Pitt assistant Milan Brown, and the two are trying to find a date for Moore visit campus.
“He was talking about how he wants me to come over there to Pitt to come visit,” Moore told Pittsburgh Sports Now. “He is trying to find a date because he is going to be out recruiting, so he wants to fix a date.”
Moore is being recruited by Pitt, VCU, Georgetown, Maryland, Indiana, Texas Tech, Virginia Tech, Seton Hall, Stony Brook, Bryant, Robert Morris, Mount St. Marys, Penn State, and more. At the moment, he already has a visit planned to Penn State on June 17.
UPDATED (5:08 p.m.) — Later on in the afternoon on Tuesday, Moore’s guardian informed Pittsburgh Sports Now that Moore will be unofficially visiting Pitt on June 14th.
Moore says he is looking forward to visiting Pitt and talking with the staff about his potential role on the team. He also said this won’t be the first time that he has seen the school.
“I live in PA, so I have been to Pitt before,” Moore said. “I have been to Pitt when I was in eighth grade, so I know about it. They’re okay, they have some good players. They used to have some great players.”
Moore is unranked on recruiting sites, but has a very high ceiling due to his strong frame, ability to run the floor, and absurdly long wingspan.
“My best strengths are running the floor, rebounding, blocking shots, playing good defense, and also my offensive game is good,” he said. “I can shoot and all that. I can play more of the four than the five.”
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Moore says that in a college, he is looking for a school where he can be the guy, and where he can have the ball in his hands.
“I am really trying to find a school where they play my style of basketball,” he said. “Letting the bigs ISO, letting the big do their thing. They can shoot and do their thing. Not all coaches let the bigs shoot. So I am just trying to find a school that can fit my playing style.”
Moore lives in Hermitage, PA just about 70 miles north of Pittsburgh, sitting just east of Youngstown, Ohio. While some players want to get away from home and play at a school far away, Moore thinks staying close to Hermitage may interest him.
“Yeah, if it is a good option, then yes,” he said about the potential of playing close to home. “Pitt is like an hour or so from my house, so I can go home whenever I want to and visit my family and all that.”
While Pitt is still searching for help in the front court for next season, it would take a reclassification from Moore to see him in the blue and gold in 2021. There is one school talking to him about doing it, and it is not Pitt.
“I was talking to Seton Hall about that,” he said. “They want me to reclass and come over. I was like, ‘I don’t know yet, I will make my decision after AAU, after the summer.'”