About Eric Van Dril

Eric Van Dril is the founder and editor of thepublicleague.com. He lives on Chicago's Northwest side. He wrote extensively for Chicago Sun-Times Media and Chicago Tribune Media prior to launching thepublicleague.com. You can reach him at thepublicleague@gmail.com, @thepublicleague on Twitter and at facebook.com/thepublicleague.

Charlie Moore to transfer from California

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(picture via calbears.com)

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.”

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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.

By | April 13th, 2017|Basketball, Morgan Park|

Announcing The Public League’s free photo policy

Starting today, subscribers to ThePublicLeague.com will have the option to receive one high-resolution photo for free each month.

Any photo on ThePublicLeaguePhotos.com can be obtained for free, if you are a subscriber. There are over 1,000 photos on the site, currently. The list price for one high-resolution photo is $14.99 on ThePublicLeaguePhotos.com.

All subscribers have to do to request a high-resolution photo is fill out a photo request form. You can find it here.

Once you do that, your photo request will be processed and you will receive your photo via email.

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By | April 13th, 2017|Announcements, Basketball, Football|

Rafael Cruz Jr., Kawanise Wilkins both getting closer to a college decision

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Von Steuben’s Rafael Cruz Jr. in the CPLBCA all-star game.

By: Eric Van Dril   |   April 11, 2017

Von Steuben’s Rafael Cruz Jr. and Farragut’s Kawanise Wilkins are similar in several different ways.

The seniors are both big, versatile guards. They can score inside and outside. They were the unquestioned leaders of their high-school teams this past season.

They’re also both unsigned.

Cruz and Wilkins have received interest from college programs, but they haven’t yet decided where they will play next season.

“It’s so hard, making a college decision — weighing all of the options, especially academically,” Cruz said. “I’m sort of in the middle (of the process) right now.”

Cruz and Wilkins both played well in the CPLBCA all-star game on Saturday, April 8. Cruz knocked down five 3-pointers for the North-West team, which lost 151-141. The 6-foot-3 point guard finished with 21 points and six rebounds. Wilkins, meanwhile, finished with 18 points and 12 rebounds.

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By | April 11th, 2017|Basketball, Farragut, Von Steuben|