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Lions offer 2013 big man

After putting in an impressive Advanced Skills camp performance at Penn State two weeks ago and a strong showing at the Reebok Challenge Camp this past week, Fort Washington (Pa.) Germantown Academy center Julian Moore has received an offer from Penn State coach Pat Chambers.

Germantown's Julian Moore recently picked up his first major-conference offer.

The 6-foot-9, 215-pound post presence visited Penn State twice in the span of a week, going up the Monday before the Advanced Skills camp for an unofficial visit.

“I really got a good feel for the campus and the coaching staff on the unofficial. I liked it a lot but I’m still trying to keep all my options open right now,” said Moore on Sunday night. “I liked camp a lot, it was a lot of fun with some really good competition. We were all working to get better and also to impress the coaches.”

Moore said Chambers liked what he saw from the 2013 prospect at the Penn State camp but wanted to see him more before offering. After watching Moore participate in the Reebok Challenge with nationally ranked players from all over the country, Chambers had seen enough.

Originally projected as a wing player, Moore shot up three inches last summer and threw a curve into his game’s progression.

“I can pull bigger guys out of the lane and then blow by them, but then smaller guys I’ll bring down low and post them up,” Moore said. “I still get up and down the floor in transition, play with a big motor, and work really hard. I create a lot of mismatches on the floor.”

Coming off a 20-10 season at Germantown and a state playoff loss to Amile Jefferson and Friends Central, head coach Jim Fenerty couldn’t speak more highly of his center.

“Julian is a mature kid on and off the court, he’s a fine young man,” said the 61-year-old Fenerty, who will come back and coach Germantown again this fall. “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.”

Moore currently holds offers from Penn State, LaSalle, Boston U, Delaware, James Madison, Bucknell and most of the Patriot and Ivy League schools in addition to interest from Temple, VCU, St. Bonaventure and Duquesne. He doesn’t necessarily have any favorites just yet.

Running with the same We R1 AAU program as 2014 verbal Isaiah Washington, the big man from Philly wants to keep an open mind to any new offers that might come his way this month.

“I’m going to wait until the end of July and see if any more offers come my way,” he said. “I’m not trying to jump on anything early.”

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