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|

Hannibal Buress, Martellus Bennett, Fenwick help Morgan Park pay for its state championship rings

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Morgan Park poses with the state championship trophy after it beat Fenwick

The Morgan Park basketball team will get its championship rings.

Morgan Park athletic director Michael Berger posted a letter on Twitter last week, announcing the need to raise money for the Mustangs’ Class 3A state-championship rings. Less than a week later, Berger announced that Morgan Park has secured the funding for the rings.

Berger singled out two people — comedian Hannibal Buress and Green Bay Packers tight end Martellus Bennett — as well as the Fenwick community. They all went above and beyond, he said.

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Morgan Park defeated Fenwick 69-67 in the Class 3A state championship game. The Mustangs did so without star point guard Ayo Dosunmu.

The Chicago Sun-Times’ Michael O’Brien spoke with Dosunmu, Berger and Morgan Park head coach Nick Irvin for a story about Morgan Park’s fundraising effort. It’s worth your time. You can read it here.

By | April 4th, 2017|Basketball, Morgan Park|

Morgan Park forward Lenell Henry commits to Northern Arizona

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Morgan Park forward Lenell Henry dunks vs. Hillcrest.

Morgan Park senior center Lenell Henry has committed to Northern Arizona, he announced via Twitter on March 24.

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Last weekend, Henry helped Morgan Park win a Class 3A state championship. Henry is a 6-foot-9 forward who rebounds well, finishes inside and can knock down a jumper.

Henry is the second player from the Chicago Public League to commit to Northern Arizona this year. North Lawndale senior point guard Carlos Hines also committed to Northern Arizona.

Henry had offers from Northern Arizona, Mississippi Valley State and UTEP at the time of his commitment, according to Verbal Commits. He played for the Mac Irvin Fire on the AAU circuit.

By | March 24th, 2017|Basketball, Morgan Park, Recruiting|