Report: Junior forward Moore leaving Pitt


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A report surfaced Sunday night that Pitt junior forward J.J. Moore has decided to transfer, but there was no official confirmation from the university.

An athletic department spokesperson said Moore has not yet asked for his release, and as of Sunday night, had not informed coach Jamie Dixon of a decision.

Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports Network reported via his Twitter account that Moore had decided to transfer per a source.

If Moore does leave, it will leave Dixon with nine scholarship players on his roster -- six returning players and three incoming freshmen. Since the end of the season, Dixon lost graduating seniors Tray Woodall and Dante Taylor and starting center Steven Adams and reserve guard Trey Zeigler. Adams decided to turn professional and Zeigler, a reserve guard, decided to transfer.

Moore, a reserve for all three of his seasons at Pitt, was the team's fourth-leading scorer in 2012-13, averaging 8.0 points and 3.0 rebounds per game.

A 6-foot-6 forward, Moore came to Pitt has a top-flight recruit, but he never developed into a starter and was switched from small forward to power forward this past season. Moore averaged 3.7 points per game as a freshman and 7.5 per game as a sophomore. But with fellow junior Lamar Patterson in front of him on the depth chart, Moore accepted a position switch to power forward.

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Ray Fittipaldo: rfittipaldo@post-gazette.com and Twitter @rayfitt1. First Published April 29, 2013 4:00 AM


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