Zeke Moore is transferring away from SLU after just one year in the program.
Since Travis Ford became the head coach at Saint Louis University last March, a multitude of players recruited by his predecessor, Jim Crews, have left the program. Three members of Crews’ 2014 recruiting class–Marcus Bartley, Miles Reynolds, and Brett Jolly–departed during the months following Ford’s arrival at SLU.
The last player that Crews recruited to SLU–one that never actually suited up for him–decided to depart the program on Tuesday. Swingman Zeke Moore, one of two freshmen who saw action for the Billikens this season, announced his plans to transfer on Twitter:
Moore, a freshman from University City High School in St. Louis, committed to SLU during Crews’s final months but decided to stick around after Ford got the job. Though the 6-foot-6, 185-pounder dealt with an injury during the season, he had a solid freshman campaign, playing in 29 games while averaging 5.3 points and two rebounds per game.
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With Moore on the move, Ford will once again have an opportunity to recruit center Jeremiah Tilmon of East St. Louis High School. The 6-foot-10, 215-pounder is committed to the University of Illinois, but with Illinois firing John Groce and hiring Oklahoma State’s Brad Underwood as head coach last week, there’s been speculation that Tilmon may look elsewhere.
Tilmon, a four-star prospect who is rated as the 41st-best player in his class by ESPN, considered SLU before ultimately signing with the Illini, and with Ford’s superior recruiting ability, the Billikens definitely shouldn’t be overlooked as a factor if Tilmon chooses to re-open his recruitment. With Mizzou having hired Cuonzo Martin last week, though, the Tigers may be a bigger threat to poach the star center away from his home state school.
Guard Jeffrey Carroll, who averaged 17.5 points per game for Oklahoma State this season, may also be on the move as a graduate transfer following Underwood’s departure. Ford originally recruited him to Stillwater, so perhaps it’s possible that SLU could be a player for him as well if he indeed chooses to play his final collegiate season elsewhere.
If Ford can’t add another recruit to replace Moore on the roster, it’s also possible that he could award a scholarship to walk-on point guard Aaron Hines, who will be a senior in 2017-18. Hines would be very deserving, considering that he averaged 28.5 minutes, 6.4 points, 2.5 rebounds, and 2.5 assists per game while playing in all 33 contests for the Billikens this season.