Less than a week after losing a verbal commitment, Penn State added to its 2013 class after Fort Washington (Pa.) Germantown Academy center Julian Moore committed to the Nittany Lions.
Moore camped at Penn State a little less than a month ago in late June, and picked up an offer from the Nittany Lions shortly thereafter. Giving himself a couple of weeks to think about it, the 6-foot-9, 215-pounder felt confident State College was where he wanted to be.
“I sat down with my parents and had a long talk with them last night, and we decided it would be the best fit for me academically and athletically to pursue my career,” Moore said on Friday night. “After the camp a few weeks ago and the visit, the school itself made a lasting impression on me, and I could tell that the coaching staff really wanted me.”
With his focus on being a complete student-athlete, Moore looked to Penn State’s strong academic history as a major factor in his decision. He wants to major in engineering.
Landing a big man was a priority for Penn State during this cycle, and the Philly product fits the mold of what Pat Chambers is looking for, on the court and as a person.
“Julian is a mature kid on and off the court, he’s a fine young man,” said Germantown head coach Jim Fenerty earlier this month. “As a basketball player he’s one of the most coachable young men we’ve had, he has just wanted to get better from the time he stepped foot at school.”
The Penn State staff had been in contact almost daily since offering Moore, another reason why the big man felt so comfortable committing over offers from Temple, Drexel and La Salle, among others.
“They were calling and texting me all the time. There was a coach at pretty much every one of my AAU games, so I really liked how much interest they were showing in me,” Moore explained. “I’m 100 percent done now. Penn State is where I want to go. It’s me and my family’s decision. I’m going to be a Nittany Lion.”
Despite the negative attention surrounding Penn State recently, Moore spoke with the coaching staff about how it would affect the basketball program and wasn’t deterred.
Now that his AAU season with WE R 1 is complete, Moore is focused on hitting the weight room hard to mold his body into that resembling a Big Ten post player. For now though, the 17-year-old Moore can’t wait to don the Blue and White.
“I’m really happy to be a part of the Penn State family,” he said. “It’s definitely something I dreamed about, playing for a school that embraces not just athletics but academics and welcomes them to the family. I can’t wait to get on campus and put on a show for them.”