Justin Moore Inks Grant-in-Aid with @GTMBB
6-foot-4 point guard from San Diego joins Yellow Jacket program
THE FLATS - Justin Moore, a 6-4 point guard from San Diego, Calif., became Josh Pastner's first signee as Georgia Tech head basketball coach when he signed a grant-in-aid this week to play for the Yellow Jackets. Moore announced his decision on Friday.
A three-star prospect according to Scout and Rivals, out of Mission Bay High School, Moore signed with Tulane in November but received a release from his original letter-of-intent when the Green Wave made a coaching change following the 2015-16 season. He is ranked the No. 40 point guard nationally by 247Sports and No. 66 by ESPN. He is ranked the No. 20 prospect in the state of California by 247Sports.
"We're excited to welcome Justin to the Georgia Tech family," head coach Josh Pastner said of Moore, the first Tech basketball recruit from the state of California since D'Andre Bell in 2005. "His ability to score, along with his speed and competitive fire, gives him a chance to help out our team this year. He is the kind of student-athlete we want in our program."
Moore lettered four years at Mission Bay for head coach Dennis Kane, finishing his career with more than 1,000 career points. He averaged 21 points, eight rebounds and six assists per game as a senior, leading the Buccaneers to a 21-8 record and a final ranking of No. 9 in the state. He was named second-team all-state and first-team all-California Interscholastic Federation (CIF). Moore averaged 23 points, six rebounds and two steals as a junior at Mission Bay, helping his team to the state quarterfinals, earning Western League MVP honors, as well as third-team all-state and second-team all-CIF. Moore was also named to the all-San Diego team by the San Diego Union-Tribune three straight years. He played six years for the San Diego All-Stars AAU team for coach Marshawn Cherry.
Moore joins a pair of three-star perimeter players in Josh Okogie and Christian Matthews, who signed national letters-of-intent during the November signing period. Okogie, 6-4 from Snellville, Ga., is ranked No. 143 in the Rivals 150 rankings for the class of 2016, while Matthews, 6-6 from Fort Washington, Md., was among the top 150 players ranked by Scout.com. As a senior, Matthews helped National Christian Academy to a 30-2 record and the Capital Beltway championship. Okogie, a three-year starter at Shiloh High School, led the Generals to a 24-6 record and the Region 8-AAAAAA championship as a senior. Okogie was named the Gwinnett Daily Post's Player of the Year and was named first-team All-State by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution in 2016.
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