After a whirlwind recruiting process, Bolingbrook High School senior Ben Moore has verbally committed to playing basketball at SMU next year. He'll be playing under Hall of Fame Head Coach Larry Brown.
Moore committed Tuesday, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.
IlliniHQ.com had reported on Friday that Moore had narrowed his choices to three schools - Southern Methodist University, University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana and Colorado State.
Moore told the Sun-Times he chose SMU because he wanted to "stick with those who believed in (him) and (his) ability from the very beginning."
“SMU and Coach Brown believed in me," Moore said. "This coaching staff was great. I feel like I will definitely get better as a player there and quickly. I like the direction the team is going in, and I like the fact they are moving to the Big East. I want to play against that type of competition.”
Bolingbrook High School Coach Rob Brost told the Sun-Times Brown called him immediately after seeing Moore play.
"There was no doubt coach Brown thought Ben could play at the highest level," he said.
More than 25 Division I programs visited BHS this fall to watch the Bolingbrook Raider basketball open gyms, according to Brost. Those programs included Illinois, Michigan, Purdue, Missouri, Northwestern, Nebraska, SMU, Colorado State and Minnesota. Indiana, Wisconsin and UTEP were also scheduled to visit.
Moore received offers from Missouri, Illinois, DePaul, Minnesota, Northwestern and more.
While Moore didn't catch NCAA attention early in his high school career, he has now climbed into the Chicago Sun-Times Hoops Report's top 10 prospects in the Class of 2013.
Moore averaged 17 points, 8 rebounds and 3.5 blocked shots as a junior. He led the Raiders to a 30-3 record over the summer. And he keeps getting better, making "heads turn" during the July evaluation period and recent open gyms for college coaches.
"The jump he's made in the past 12 months has been impressive," the Chicago Sun-Times Hoops Report reported. "And if you want to really pinpoint the gigantic strides he's made, you could probably reference it in a matter of weeks, not months or years."
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