Josh Verlin (@jmverlin)
Germantown Academy (Pa.) rising senior Julian Moore has committed to Penn State University, CoBL confirmed this evening. Moore’s decision was first reported by The Recruit Scoop.
The 6-foot-9, 215-pound center made his decision on Friday after sitting down with his parents following the July recruiting period.
“We thought it was the best fit basketball-wise and academic-wise,” Moore told CoBL by phone Friday evening. “I love the program, love the school, everything about it.”
The school’s scholarship offer came earlier in this month, according to Moore, but it took time for the school to grow on him during the course of three visits to the University.
“As the weeks passed on, it definitely was a school I started to like more and more,” he said, choosing Penn State over offers from “VCU, Duquesne, Drexel, La Salle, Boston U, Bucknell and most of the Patriot League.”
A good student at the Inter-Academic League school, Moore said academics played a fairly large role in his decision to attend Penn State.
“I think that he approached this whole recruiting process with great dignity,” GA coach Jim Fenerty said. “He kept in mind his desire to find a place where he could major in engineering, and also get a really good basketball opportunity, and he found that in Penn State.”
The Nittany Lions’ second-year head coach, Pat Chambers, is a Radnor native and Philadelphia University graduate, and comes to Penn State after getting a number of Philly-area players to Massachusetts in three years at the helm of Boston University.
“Chambers and (assistant coach) Brian Daly are both Philly guys that I’ve known for a long time and have the utmost respect for,” Fenerty said. “They’re not only good coaches but men of integrity, and Julian felt that as well.”
Chambers and Daly already have another commitment for 2013 in Shaler (Pa.) High guard Geno Thorpe, who chose the Nittany Lions over offers from Pittsburgh and Wisconsin, among others; Brandon Austin, who was the school’s second commitment for that class, withdrew his commitment earlier this week.
Moore is an athletic center who certainly needs to add some muscle to be a force at the next level. Still, at just 17 years old, he has quite a bit of upside that had a number of mid-to-high major programs interested.
“He’s learned to play the post…he’s also got enough skill where his skills are a little more varied and diverse, he can pop out and do some different things,” Fenerty said. “He’s a consummate team guy and he’s constantly looking to do whatever the team needs him to do to win.”
Penn State has been in the news quite a bit this month because of the Sandusky trial and the release of the Freeh report, but none of that negative publicity affected Moore.
“It wasn’t really anything I was worried about, it didn’t have anything to do with my decision–I still liked the coaches and the school and the history of the program,” he said. “On the news, watching SportsCenter and stuff, it was gonna come up but I knew it wouldn’t really bother me that much.”
Last season, the Nittany Lions went 12-20 (4-14) and lost in the first round of the Big 10 tournament to Indiana; the year before that they made the NCAAs as an at-large after a 19-15 season in Ed DeChellis’ final season as head coach.