Ju­lian Moore chooses Penn State

Glenside News - - OPINION - By Mike Prince

While the Penn State football pro­gram has seen its fair share of re­cruit­ing troubles and uncer­tain­ties over the last cou­ple weeks, the Nit­tany Lions’ bas­ket­ball pro­gram took a pos­i­tive step for­ward – with a brand new power for­ward – last Fri­day.

Ger­man­town Academy big man Ju­lian Moore, a 6-foot-10 ris­ing se­nior, gave his ver­bal com­mit­ment to play bas­ket­ball at the Univer­sity of Penn State start­ing in 2013, fol­low­ing what hH hRSHV WR EH D PHPRUDEOH finDO yHDU at GA.

Af­ter av­er­ag­ing roughly 12 points and 14 re­bounds per game dur­ing his ju­nior sea­son with the Pa­tri­ots, Moore gained in­ter­est and even­tu­ally of­fers from sev­eral Division 1 schools, in­clud­ing La Salle, Drexel, James Madi­son, Bos­ton Univer­sity, Vir­ginia Com­mon­wealth and Duquesne. But in the end, Penn State was where Moore wanted to play.

“When I sat down with my par­ents, we de­cided that EPenn StateF was the EHVW fiW IRU PH DFDGHPLFDOOy DnG DWh­let­i­cally,” said Moore, who grew two inches this past sum­mer. “They have an in­cred­i­ble engi­neer­ing pro­gram, the ac­co­lades of the school in gen­eral are great and I loved ev­ery­thing about the school when I vis­ited.”

Moore, who plans on ma­jor­ing in engi­neer­ing, was in­vited up for an unRI­fiFLDO YLVLW DnG D EDVNHWEDOO FDPS ear­lier this sum­mer, where he met with head coach Pat Cham­bers, as well as the rest of the coach­ing staff and play­ers.

“The whole team was amaz­ing,” Moore said. “They were re­ally pos­i­tive and their at­ti­tude is al­ways up­beat and en­cour­ag­ing. I love that it’s a young coach­ing staff be­cause they’re al­ways full of en­ergy and that’s one thing I was look­ing for. I loved the fa­cil­i­ties and the his­tory of the ath­let­ics at Penn State and I wanted to be a part of it.”

Moore will join Shaler Area guard Geno Thorpe as Penn State’s sec­ond com­mit in this class. He will also join cur­rent AAU team­mate, Isa­iah Wash­ing­ton, who is a ver­bal for Penn State’s 2014 class.

But be­fore trav­el­ing to State Col­lege next year, Moore has a chance to be part of some­thing spe­cial at GA.

The Pa­tri­ots, who play in the very com­pet­i­tive In­ter-Ac League, re­turn

year’s team. And un­der coach Jim Fen­erty, who will be en­ter­ing his 24th sea­son with the pro­gram, GA has big plans for this sea­son.

“Jules has worked so hard and has kept a pos­i­tive at­ti­tude through this en­tire thing,” Fen­erty said. “I’m real pleased for him and he can now fo­cus on this year. We have all of our starters com­ing back this fall and we’ll be com­pet­ing for a league ti­tle.”

Moore said that his early de­ci­sion was in part to help fo­cus on his se­nior sea­son and take away the pres­sure of de­cid­ing on col­lege dur­ing the school year.

“One of the rea­sons why I did com­mit now was so that I could fo­cus 100 per­cent on win­ning a league cham­pi­onship,” Moore said. “That has been one of my goals the last four years. We VhRuOG GHfinLWHOy bH RnH RI the best teams in the league and we have a lot of pres­sure on us be­cause ev­ery­one is com­ing back. We have a tough in and out-of-state sched­ule, so it’s go­ing to be ex­cit­ing to see how good we are.”

Fen­erty ex­pects big things from his team this year, but he ex­pects even big­ger thing from Moore once he grad­u­ates from high school and moves on to play at the col­lege level.

“Penn State is a great school for Ju­lian and this is a great op­por­tu­nity for him,” Fen­erty said. “I think he’ll do well there. He’s one of those kids that has im­proved leaps and bounds ev­ery sin­gle year. When you get into Big 10 bas­ket­ball, they’re go­ing to have to put on 30 pounds of mus­cle, but he’s al­ready very skilled.

“And I think he did it the right way. He and his fam­ily had great con­ver­sa­tions with the aca­demic peo­ple at PSU and he feels com­fort­able with Coach Cham­bers and I think it’s a good spot for him. He cares about ma­jor­ing in engi­neer­ing as much as he cares about bas­ket­ball. I think he’ll be­come a hot topic this year and he should have a big year for us.”

Moore said he is cur­rently tak­ing a few weeks off be­fore get­ting back to the gym and the courts to pre­pare for his se­nior sea­son. He had a very im­pres­sive sum­mer ses­sion with his AAU pro­gram, We-R1, and even though Penn State has been un­der the microscope of the na­tional me­dia due to its cur­rent scan­dal, Moore said that none of that has af­fected his de­ci­sion in the least bit.

“It didn’t af­fect me at all and I never thought twice about where I was go­ing to play bas­ket­ball,” Moore said. “That’s not my sport and that’s up to the NCAA. I’m just re­ally look­ing to be part of the PSU fam­ily with the great tradition of the school, and I look for­ward to con­tribut­ing to the tradition in the best way that I can.”

For Mont­gomery Me­dia / CHRIS­TINE RECKNER

Ger­man­town Academy’s Ju­lian Moore re­cently made a ver­bal com­mitt­ment to at­tend Penn State next fall.

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