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6-9 (and growing) wing Chance Moore gives WSU a signing-day score

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6-foot-9 wing Chance Moore chooses Wichita State on Wednesday. Video courtesy of Jason Frakes, Louisville Courier-Journal. (Nov. 8, 2017)
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6-foot-9 wing Chance Moore chooses Wichita State on Wednesday. Video courtesy of Jason Frakes, Louisville Courier-Journal. (Nov. 8, 2017)

In less than three months, Chance Moore has grown three inches and now stands as a 6-foot-9 wing. His prep school basketball coach in West Virginia, Beckley’s Cortez Brown, doesn’t think he’s done growing, either.

In a ceremony at the high school he graduated from in Louisville, Moore announced he picked Wichita State over Butler, Virginia Tech, and Dayton. Moore was the fifth recruit to sign their national letter of intent with the Shockers on Wednesday’s National Signing Day.

“You go from a 6-6 guard to now a 6-9 guard with all of the ball skills he has,” Brown said. “Potentially, if the basketball Gods bless him, he could be 6-11 by the time he reaches Wichita State’s campus.”

Moore averaged 16 points and five rebounds for Fern Creek (Ky.) as a senior, leading the team to a 35-3 record and a trip to the semifinals of the state tournament. But no major recruiting serve evaluated his game, and he felt like he flew under the radar and wasn’t attracting the type of scholarship offers he desired.

Moore’s bet on himself to instead enroll in a prep school paid off this summer when his recruiting took off by playing in the Adidas Gauntlet, where Wichita State and other major programs discovered his game. According to Brown, Virginia and West Virginia were interested before Moore cut down his list to four.

“Chance is an offensive threat at every level of the floor,” Brown said. “He’s very athletic and I would say he’s a prolific scorer. He’s a playmaker with the ball and he knows how to put his teammates in great situations to score. He had a game for me where he scored 32 points and had seven rebounds and 10 assists. He can fill it up.”

Moore told the Louisville Courier-Journal that he was impressed by Wichita State’s atmosphere when he visited during Shocker Madness in October.

“(Gregg Marshall) is a great coach … and they fill up the gym there for a preseason game,” Moore told the newspaper. “I feel like I can go in there and make an impact.”

Moore told the recruiting service Elevate Hoops that he envisions himself as an immediate contributor.

“I feel I can be an elite player who can get a lot more wins for Coach Marshall and the team with my ability to score when the team needs it,” Moore said. “I can become a force on both ends of the court.”

Brown, the Beckley coach, thinks Moore’s length will translate well to Wichita State’s level.

“You get a high-level offensive player like Chance and I believe he’s going to translate tremendously,” Brown said. “He does a lot of the intangible things too. When he drives, he’s looking for contact and he probably shoots about 10 free throws a game. He’s going to be very aggressive going to the basket.”

Taylor Eldridge: 316-268-6270, @tayloreldridge