Welp, DeAndre Kane was definitely going to come to Pitt for his fifth year. That is if USC didn’t sweep him off his feet. Then Memphis made a late push that seemed to sway him. But in a typical way for Kane, none of the above. He’s heading to Iowa State.
Consider me less than broken up by this. Or, for that matter, surprised that Kane flitted about from option to option. Poised to pick and then reconsider. Mercurial is one way to describe Kane. A headache might be another. You will pardon me if I don’t think Pitt is in any worse shape without Kane.
The Alabama transfer, Trevor Lacey was at Pitt this week. He was getting the full treatment with Brandin Knight taking him around to the Steelers practice. Later it was a Pirates game. Reports are it was a very good visit, but we will see. Lacey would be a great transfer to get. Yes, he would have to sit a year, but it would be worth it.
J.J. Moore is finally transferring. He’s headed to Rutgers. Why? Because, um, they are in the New York City area and his other options since he wanted to be close to home in Long Island were Iona or Quinnipiac. Moore will apply for a hardship waiver so he won’t have to sit before his final year of eligibility. His grandfather is ill according to the reports.
While Rutgers is in upheaval. Players are gone. A new coach is there. Moore anticipates a faster tempo.
“I’m just a running guy and with the athleticism here, they look like a running team,” Moore said. “I like to run and get out there and be more assertive.”
If by assertive, he means spot up for a long jumper or three rather than attack the basket. Then yes, he likes to be more assertive.
From a depth perspective, losing Moore hurts. Not a question. From his talent and potential, he was and is so tantalizing.
But his stroke is terribly inconsistent. He never bothered to develop any shot fake that could have aided him. He eschewed driving to the basket unless there was no chance of contact. His ball handling was suspect, and his defense was much the same.
I do wish him well, though. This has been a quiet transfer by Moore, despite it being well known that he was leaving. No big proclamations. No mixed signals. Quietly looking at the schools and generally keeping things close to the vest.
If you are hoping for a Sheldon Jeter update, there is none. Neither Jeter or Vandy have said a word.