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Cincy connection scores Ducks a combo guard.

Byline: Bob Clark The Register-Guard

Oregon men's basketball's recruiting class continues to grow with the commitment of 6-foot-3 Willie Moore from Cincinnati's Aiken High School.

Moore is the second high school senior to commit to the Ducks this week, and the third player this spring to announce his intent to join the Ducks. They join three high school seniors who signed with Oregon in the fall.

Moore, an all-area selection by the Cincinnati Enquirer newspaper, averaged 16.8 points, 9.1 rebounds and four assists last season.

His decision to sign with the Ducks came Friday as he concluded his visit to the UO campus, according to his high school coach.

Oregon began the week with a commitment from Fred Richardson, a 6-5 wing player from Clear Brook High School in Friendswood, Texas.

Last month, 6-5 Devon Branch of Cloud County Community College in Kansas signed a letter of intent with the Ducks.

The high school seniors who signed with the Ducks in the fall were point guard Dominic Artis, 6-6 Damyean Dotson and 6-8 Ben Carter.

Oregon still has one scholarship left open even after the latest commitment.

The Enquirer first reported the commitment of Moore, based on Aiken coach Leon Ellison.

"He felt comfortable with the facilities, the staff, the academics," Ellison also told the Enquirer. "It was just a good fit for him."

Oregon's connection to Moore involved not only his high school coach knowing UO assistant Tony Stubblefield, who previously worked at the University of Cincinnati, but also from Moore's being an AAU basketball teammate of Dwayne Stanford, a wide receiver from Taft High School in Cincinnati who signed with the Ducks to play football.

Ellison said the two signees, though in different sports, could be roommates at Oregon.

An ESPN.com posting on Moore described him as "a very talented combo guard. He has an explosive first step with great vision and is a very creative passer. He can play either guard position with his size.

"He seems to be at his best when playing with the ball in his hands."

"He's going to be a steal," Ellison said earlier of the school that was successful in recruiting Moore.

It was an intriguing process that ended up with Moore settling on Oregon.

He signed a letter of intent with Duquesne in the fall but was released from that when the Dukes fired coach Ron Everhart.

After reopening his recruitment, Moore seemed to be leaning toward signing with Virginia Tech this spring, but while on his visit to the school the Hokies fired coach Seth Greenberg.

Moore then visited South Carolina before his trip to Eugene and had an offer from the Gamecocks along with interest from other schools in the area, including Miami, Wright State and Tennessee Tech.

With its one available scholarship, the Ducks are apparently waiting for a decision from Anthony Bennett, the top-rated high school senior who hasn't made a college decision.

A native of Toronto, Bennett played last season along with Artis, the Oregon signee, at Findlay Prep in Henderson, Nev.

According to a report on Thursday by MaxPreps.com, the 6-7, 235-pound Bennett is still considering the Ducks along with Florida, Kentucky and UNLV. Bennett hasn't made official visits to any of his finalists.

"It's a big decision and he wants to make sure he makes the right one," Findlay Prep coach Michael Peck told MaxPreps.
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Title Annotation:Basketball Oregon Men
Publication:The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)
Geographic Code:1U9OR
Date:May 5, 2012
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