NATIONAL SIGNING DAY

Sumter's Moore heading to College of Charleston

BY TREVOR BAUKNIGHT
trevor@theitem.com
Posted 2/8/18

When he was a freshman at Westwood High School in Blythewood, Isaih Moore was a 5-10 point guard on the basketball team. Four years later, and a foot taller, Moore is heading to the College of Charleston to play forward for the Cougars and head …

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NATIONAL SIGNING DAY

Sumter's Moore heading to College of Charleston

Lee Central running back Demetrius DuBose (5) avoids the tackle of Saluda’s Raquon Hartley during the
Stallions’ 30-26 loss to Saluda in the quarterfinals of the 2A state playoffs on in Saluda. DuBose is one of
two Lee Central players to sign letters of intent on Wednesday to play football at South Carolina State University
in Orangeburg under long-time head coach Buddy Pough.
Lee Central running back Demetrius DuBose (5) avoids the tackle of Saluda’s Raquon Hartley during the Stallions’ 30-26 loss to Saluda in the quarterfinals of the 2A state playoffs on in Saluda. DuBose is one of two Lee Central players to sign letters of intent on Wednesday to play football at South Carolina State University in Orangeburg under long-time head coach Buddy Pough.
SUMTER ITEM FILE PHOTO
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When he was a freshman at Westwood High School in Blythewood, Isaih Moore was a 5-10 point guard on the basketball team. Four years later, and a foot taller, Moore is heading to the College of Charleston to play forward for the Cougars and head coach Earl Grant. Moore signed his letter of intent in November and joined some of his teammates signing football letters during a signing ceremony Wednesday at the school.

Moore joins Charlotte's Quan McCluney in the 2018 recruiting class at the College of Charleston, which, at 18-6 on the season, can solidify its grasp on the Colonial Athletic Association lead with a win tonight over second-place William & Mary.

"I wanted my parents to be able to see me play and have my parents there to support me. That's a big thing for me," said Moore, who was named on Tuesday to the South Carolina roster for the 2018 Carolinas Classic all-star game to be played March 24. "They've been supporting me since I was little, and having them there in college is a boost for me."

Averaging a double-double for Sumter this season with 18.1 points and 12.2 rebounds per game, Moore said he got some attention from USC and from several lower division schools, but just felt that the coaches at CofC had a better idea of what they wanted from him.

"I love the coaches. Coach Grant and coach Powell, they've got a plan for me to be able to get to the NBA, and I liked the program and what it has to offer," Moore said. "Coach Grant has a vision for me, and I believe he can help me get to where I want to go."

Moore's father, Sumter High head basketball coach Shawn Jones, said that Isaih is self-motived to be successful, spending much of his extra time working out in the gym and on the court.

"Anything Isaih would have done, he'd excel at it because he just has that type of drive," said Jones, who will coach Moore tonight as the Gamecocks try to lock down the regular season Region VI-4A title. "Basketball just happens to be that tool. And God gave him the gift to be 6-10, and he's a prototypical basketball player. The College of Charleston really got a good basketball player.

"He has outstanding skills - can shoot the ball - and as a player, he's grown as far as being a good teammate. Just to watch that process from him being a little boy till now is so real. I'm excited for him and I can't wait to see him play next year."

Jones said Moore is eager to get the ball rolling in Charleston.

"He's going to leave this summer and enroll and start workouts with the team," Jones said. "I'm just excited about his future there with Coach Grant and (assistant coach) J.D. Powell who recruited him. The decision was up to Isaih, but they sold us (Jones and his wife) on the program and they did a great job recruiting him. We're very excited. He's going to have to go in and earn some minutes; but the way he's been playing, there's no doubt in my mind that he's going to have a successful college career."