Freshman Charlie Moore has decided to transfer from California.
The decision was made in order to be closer to home, the former Morgan Park star said in a statement on Thursday afternoon.
“After many discussions with my family, I’ve made the decision to transfer to be closer to home,” Moore said. “This was an extremely difficult decision for me, but the opportunity to be closer to my family is one that I feel is necessary for me at this time. I am grateful for my first year at California and for teammates who became my brothers. I look forward to supporting Coach Jones and the Bears in the future, and I also want to thank the fans for all their support this past season.”
Moore had a strong freshman season at Cal. The point guard started 34 games for the Golden Bears. He averaged 12.2 points-per-game and led the team in assists.
Cal finished 21-13 overall and 10-8 in the Pac-12. It just missed qualifying for the NCAA tournament.
“Charlie and I have had numerous discussions regarding his role within our program, but I understand that he feels it’s in his best interest to return closer to his family,” Cal coach Wyking Jones said. “Although I am disappointed that Charlie won’t be continuing his career with us, we respect his decision and want to thank him for his contributions to our team.”
Jones was an assistant on Cal’s staff last season. He took over as the Golden Bears’ head coach after former head coach Cuonzo Martin left for Missouri.
The Moore family continues to deal with the aftermath of the massive stroke that Curtis Moore, Charlie Moore’s father, had in 2015. The Chicago Sun-Times and Chicago Tribune both wrote about Charlie Moore’s relationship with his father when they named him their Player of the Year in 2016.