Armani Moore relates to Cuonzo Martin, will sign with Vols

Armani Moore said Tuesday his whirlwind recruitment will culminate with him signing to play basketball with Tennessee at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at Mount Paran Christian School in Kennesaw, Ga.

Moore, a 6-foot-5 combo guard who averaged 22 points, 9.3 rebounds, 3.9 blocks and 2.3 steals per game last season at his Class A school, made a verbal commitment to sign with the Vols on March 20.

"I was just praying and waiting on a sign,'' said Moore, who many first believed was headed to the College of Charleston despite his lack of a verbal commitment to the Cougars. "I wasn't set on Charleston. Tennessee had been recruiting me, and as time went on, the process got easier.''

Mount Paran coach Scott Varner wasn't sure what direction Moore was headed; in addition to the College of Charleston, Florida State, Georgia Tech and Ole Miss had shown interest at different times during Moore's high school career.

But Varner also knew Tennessee had never dropped off the radar, and he had a feeling about Moore's budding relationship with UT coach Cuonzo Martin.

"I watched how much he took in from Coach Martin, and I didn't see that type of interaction from anyone else recruiting him,'' Varner said. "They just related so well.

"The other thing was that Tennessee had continued to recruit him; they didn't care that Charleston was out there.''

Moore, who started his high school career in Swainsboro, Ga., before transferring to Mount Paran prior to last season, said he can relate with Martin's tough upbringing in East St. Louis, Ill.

"Just how Coach grew up, having just his mother, not living in a big house,'' said Moore, who's rated a three-star prospect. "Coach had to get everything on his own, and he had to use basketball to get out of the 'hood. I know that's hard.

"I feel like any time I need it, he can give me the right words of encouragement. He's been in the same spot.''

Moore also talked with former Alabama second-team All-SEC player Tony Mitchell about his recruitment.

Mitchell lived across the street from Moore in Swainsboro, Ga., when the players were young, and they refer to each other as "godbrothers."

"I stayed with him, he stayed over with me,'' Moore said. "Tony told me if I had an opportunity to go SEC, I should really look at it.''

Moore got his first look at Martin when UT played at the College of Charleston on Dec. 14. It was a game some thought Martin would ask new athletic director Dave Hart to buy out and not play this season.

But Martin stuck with all of the scheduling of the previous staff, not knowing at the time it could pay a direct dividend with a recruit.

Moore was intrigued enough with Martin to come to UT for two unofficial visits; on Jan. 14 at the Kentucky game, and again on March 3 for the Vols' win over Vanderbilt.

"The crowd was great at both of those games,'' Varner said. "I could see it really opened up Armani's eyes.''

Varner said Moore can play point guard in addition to shooting guard or on the wing.

Tennessee is looking to shore up its point guard position with the transfer of freshman Wes Washpun to Northern Iowa.

Moore said he plans to enroll at UT for the second term of summer school, in July.

Mike Griffith covers Tennessee men's basketball. Follow him at http://twitter.com/MikeGriffith32

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txvolsfan writes:

I like the athletes and the length Coach Martin is bringing in. I think another winning season and a few more 5 stars will want to play for him. It seems that players really relate to him.
I'm Proud of Coach Martin
GO VOLS
TXVOLSFAN

AlexAndersonAAradio writes:

We're going to have to do better than beat College of Charleston out for players. He won't make it past his 3rd year if he don't upgrade the recruiting. He is a great floor coach and he will win the next 2 years with Pearls players.

VAvolfanRON writes:

i love CCM.....a class coach...so glad to have him

and yes, i couldnt stand if we had calipari
(for the uk fans on here)

VAvolfanRON writes:

in response to AlexAndersonAAradio:

We're going to have to do better than beat College of Charleston out for players. He won't make it past his 3rd year if he don't upgrade the recruiting. He is a great floor coach and he will win the next 2 years with Pearls players.

alex, how many five stars are there?...5?. 10? 20? divide that by the number of schools....

enjoy the the great coach we have and relax...back your coach and players

flatrock writes:

in response to AlexAndersonAAradio:

We're going to have to do better than beat College of Charleston out for players. He won't make it past his 3rd year if he don't upgrade the recruiting. He is a great floor coach and he will win the next 2 years with Pearls players.

Pearl's players? Or did you mean the players Pearl never bothered to play- or coach-up?

bigfan865 writes:

Alex,
Stop seeing the glass half empty. You read College of Charleston and assume he's a marginal guy. I read FSU and assume the kid has great potential. Last time I checked FSU has a darn good basketball staff and is building one heck of a program. If they would want this kid then he's got talent.

SummittsCourt writes:

in response to AlexAndersonAAradio:

We're going to have to do better than beat College of Charleston out for players. He won't make it past his 3rd year if he don't upgrade the recruiting. He is a great floor coach and he will win the next 2 years with Pearls players.

You obviously know very little about the College of Charleston and their history of beating major teams.

Beyond that your statement is pure garbage. YOU know very little about basketball and recruiting and it shows in your statement. Time to brush up on things and then come back and make an intelligent statement.

TitanandVolfan4life writes:

Trolls always hate Tennessee no matter what we do so IGNORE them and the attention seeking morons will go elsewhere to get the attention they so badly need.

If our coach wants the kid for specific reasons then I'll defer to what our coach thinks he needs to keep building a solid team.

Year 1 with our new BB coach earned my respect for his abilities and judgement.

VFL...GBO!!!

brod writes:

oh no. here comes westknox.

volfanz writes:

in response to AlexAndersonAAradio:

We're going to have to do better than beat College of Charleston out for players. He won't make it past his 3rd year if he don't upgrade the recruiting. He is a great floor coach and he will win the next 2 years with Pearls players.

Way to rain on the parade!...How can you take a good thing and turn it so ugly? Everybody knows we must out-recruit the big schools in order to be competitive, but, this kid already looks like an upgrade to what we already have!

ktm589 writes:

in response to AlexAndersonAAradio:

We're going to have to do better than beat College of Charleston out for players. He won't make it past his 3rd year if he don't upgrade the recruiting. He is a great floor coach and he will win the next 2 years with Pearls players.

So this is your new gig???? You left radio to troll knoxnews??? Thats some funny stuff right there!

orangecountyvols writes:

in response to TitanandVolfan4life:

Trolls always hate Tennessee no matter what we do so IGNORE them and the attention seeking morons will go elsewhere to get the attention they so badly need.

If our coach wants the kid for specific reasons then I'll defer to what our coach thinks he needs to keep building a solid team.

Year 1 with our new BB coach earned my respect for his abilities and judgement.

VFL...GBO!!!

Titan and the real Vols,

Thanks for some sanity here. Yes, it does get tiresome every time we go to GVX and see the site infested with the likes of the trolls such as this Alex and his like. But that's the only thing they have to do obviously.

This player sounds like he will be a very good addition to the team and good things are taking place for Tennessee.

Rich_Is_Re-born writes:

in response to AlexAndersonAAradio:

We're going to have to do better than beat College of Charleston out for players. He won't make it past his 3rd year if he don't upgrade the recruiting. He is a great floor coach and he will win the next 2 years with Pearls players.

If The College of Charleston does one thing well, it's guards. Both times they beat us, they had a guard that was unstoppable. Crimmens has always coached fantastic guard play even back to his days at Ga Tech. He seems to have an eye for great guards. So if he was dead set on this kid I'm thinking the kid can play. Kinda like in football.... Wisconsin seems to always put out stud RBs. Then you go and look at the rivals rankings and many of them are 3*s. they've just got a way of coaching that particular position up. I see the same trend with CoC. Good get here, wait and see. And basketball is one of those sports where you can have a bunch of solid players and throw one super player in the mix and BOOM.... You can go out and play with anyone.

Vol43 writes:

in response to BodeaneVol:

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Hey E, why do you say that so often? You live in a tree?

keepitreal4vols writes:

in response to flatrock:

Pearl's players? Or did you mean the players Pearl never bothered to play- or coach-up?

This, +1

keepitreal4vols writes:

in response to BodeaneVol:

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Are you an owl

watchdog writes:

Running with something Rich mentioned: The article could have told you that Moore announced his verbal on March 20, the day after Bobby Cremins retired (from the College of Charleston). Cremins, by the way, had a rock solid ACC team at Georgia Tech for a long time, and won the ACC over some Dean Smith and Mike Krzyzewski teams (not to mention Tim Duncan's team at Wake Forest). If you can't get excited about a kid because Charleston wanted him, think a minute about the guy at the wheel at that school.

Coach_K writes:

Three start kids can work out to be pretty good players....ever heard of a guy named Chris Lofton, yeah that guy. Or maybe Dane Bradshaw, or Brian Willams, or C.J. Watson. They were all ***'s. Ramar Smith, Duke Crews, and Scotty Hopson were all *****'s. Notice a trend? All of the three star guys bust there tails and make the team better with hustle and leadership. The five star guys while getting good minutes and being good players never made the team better on account of their over inflated sense of self. It is more about heart than stars. You have to have "glue" guys on any team in any sport. Especially the PG position in BB. CCM has made me a believer so, I'll ride with him on this one.

CoverOrange writes:

Are Bama fans going to get all mad at Tony Mitchell for telling a player to go to Tennessee? Isn't that how trolls see things?

madrigal writes:

Sounds like Coach Martin is bringing quality young men to UT. We will have to see how they develop as players, but I'm confident they will.

dlukinbeck writes:

For all you star gazers...Swiperboy was a 4-star.

Get real. Players are players and aren't gonna do nothing unless they got a good coach. Zo is one of those

gluesniffer writes:

in response to AlexAndersonAAradio:

We're going to have to do better than beat College of Charleston out for players. He won't make it past his 3rd year if he don't upgrade the recruiting. He is a great floor coach and he will win the next 2 years with Pearls players.

have you ever heard of Andrew Goudelock?

AlexAndersonAAradio writes:

in response to SummittsCourt:

You obviously know very little about the College of Charleston and their history of beating major teams.

Beyond that your statement is pure garbage. YOU know very little about basketball and recruiting and it shows in your statement. Time to brush up on things and then come back and make an intelligent statement.

Wes Washpun

westknoxrepub writes:

Martin's only good recruit has been Stokes, whose recruitment was started by Pearl, and he just happened to be available at the right time. Every other player signed by Martin has been a bust. Washpun is gone. . .Richardson, Yemi, Miller, Moore Reese, et al aren't going to compete against the Kentucky's of the world for SEC Championships and spots in the NCAA tournament. Ole Miss is the only other team in the SEC to offer this guy and Kennedy's never gone to an NCAA tournament either and is firmly on the hot seat. College of Charleston never went to an NCAA tournament under Cremmins either. . .spin it how you want, facts are facts, and when all of Pearl's players (including Stokes after this upcoming year) or gone, it's going to get ugly. If the 2013 class is still full of Atlantic Sun All Stars. . .it'll be time to let Martin go.

brod writes:

in response to westknoxrepub:

Martin's only good recruit has been Stokes, whose recruitment was started by Pearl, and he just happened to be available at the right time. Every other player signed by Martin has been a bust. Washpun is gone. . .Richardson, Yemi, Miller, Moore Reese, et al aren't going to compete against the Kentucky's of the world for SEC Championships and spots in the NCAA tournament. Ole Miss is the only other team in the SEC to offer this guy and Kennedy's never gone to an NCAA tournament either and is firmly on the hot seat. College of Charleston never went to an NCAA tournament under Cremmins either. . .spin it how you want, facts are facts, and when all of Pearl's players (including Stokes after this upcoming year) or gone, it's going to get ugly. If the 2013 class is still full of Atlantic Sun All Stars. . .it'll be time to let Martin go.

andy kennedy is a hell of a coach. what he's one at ole miss is impressive. i don't care if he's been to an ncaa tournament or not.

budd#207344 writes:

in response to westknoxrepub:

Martin's only good recruit has been Stokes, whose recruitment was started by Pearl, and he just happened to be available at the right time. Every other player signed by Martin has been a bust. Washpun is gone. . .Richardson, Yemi, Miller, Moore Reese, et al aren't going to compete against the Kentucky's of the world for SEC Championships and spots in the NCAA tournament. Ole Miss is the only other team in the SEC to offer this guy and Kennedy's never gone to an NCAA tournament either and is firmly on the hot seat. College of Charleston never went to an NCAA tournament under Cremmins either. . .spin it how you want, facts are facts, and when all of Pearl's players (including Stokes after this upcoming year) or gone, it's going to get ugly. If the 2013 class is still full of Atlantic Sun All Stars. . .it'll be time to let Martin go.

Hey stupid, CCM finished second in the SEC his first year. Where did you finish? When you can out coach him then you might be relevant.

Volalumnus writes:

in response to brod:

andy kennedy is a hell of a coach. what he's one at ole miss is impressive. i don't care if he's been to an ncaa tournament or not.

Guess thats why he is on the hot seat.

funjags writes:

in response to flatrock:

Pearl's players? Or did you mean the players Pearl never bothered to play- or coach-up?

Yes, but based on your grammar, he is going to make it much further than you ever did.

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