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Freshman Chance Moore no longer at WSU; seeking a mid-season transfer

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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)

Freshman Chance Moore is no longer a member of the Wichita State men’s basketball team and is seeking a transfer, the program announced on Monday.

Moore, a 6-foot-7 wing from Louisville, Ky., came to WSU billed as a player who might be able to help a Shockers offense that entered the season with many question marks on who would handle the scoring. But Moore never gained traction, appearing in just four games for 20 minutes and scoring three points in his brief WSU career.

The beginning of the end for Moore’s time at WSU appeared to begin in early December. Moore was in uniform for the last time for WSU’s 71-63 win over Baylor on Dec. 1, but didn’t play. On Dec. 3, he tweeted “Unappreciated my whole life.” A week later, he did not travel with the team to Oklahoma City, as WSU claimed it was because of a back injury.

Moore was in street clothes on WSU’s bench last Wednesday, but he started posting on his social media accounts back home in Louisville the day of WSU’s game last Saturday at Intrust Bank Arena. If Moore can enroll at another school before the second term begins, he could be eligible to play in late December 2019.

Moore was an intriguing prospect whose recruiting escalated after taking a post-graduate year and playing at Sunrise Christian Academy. Although he averaged 16 points and led Fern Creek (Ky.) to a 35-3 record in his high school senior season, no major recruiting service evaluated him and he went under the radar.

But during his post-grad year, Moore was rated as highly as a four-star prospect by ESPN. The other two major recruiting services, 247 Sports and Rivals, both had him rated as a three-star. Moore picked the Shockers over Virginia Tech, Butler and Dayton.

Former WSU assistant Donnie Jones played a role in Moore’s recruitment to WSU. Jones has since left to join Dayton’s coaching staff.

“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 after committing to WSU. “I can become a force on both ends of the court.”

For WSU, Moore’s decision is an early solution to a roster dilemma for next season. With only two seniors set to graduate, WSU signed three prospects in this fall’s recruiting class and was set to be one over the scholarship limit of 13 players.

While it does subtract one player from a crowded sophomore-to-be class, that class will still make up more than half (7 of 13 scholarships) of the 2019-20 team. Teddy Allen and Rod Brown will be redshirt sophomores, while Erik Stevenson, Dexter Dennis, Jamarius Burton, Morris Udeze and Isaiah Poor Bear-Chandler will be sophomores eligible to still redshirt.

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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