Tennessee got a much-needed shot in the arm to its inconsistent and erratic backcourt.
Coach Cuonzo Martin landed another top recruit in combo guard Armani Moore of Mount Paran Academy (Kennesaw, Ga.). Martin was able to lure Moore away from Ole Miss and College of Charleston, who were also pursuing the 3-star recruit (according to Rivals.com).
Moore (6’5”, 186 pounds) averaged 22 points, 9.3 rebounds and nearly four blocks a game last season. Eric Bossi of Rivals.com described Moore as “more of a natural two with athleticism, he is good enough off of the bounce to slide over and play some at the point guard position.”
Moore’s ability to play point could be just what Coach Martin needs for his backcourt that finished second-to-last in the conference in turnovers per game (13.9) and ninth in assist-to-turnover margin (0.93). Moore can also help with the Vols lackluster scoring, as seen in his 41-point performance in an invitational tournament in Atlanta in May of 2011.
Tennessee finished without a top-10 scorer or three-point shooter in the SEC last season, and its guards in particular struggled significantly down the stretch, capped off by a 9-of-36 shooting night in the loss to MTSU.
The incoming freshman is expected to compliment Tennessee top scorer Trae Golden, who averaged 13.9 PPG with two 29-point performances against UNC Greensboro and Chattanooga, and rising senior and three-point specialist Skylar McBee. Moore’s driving ability in the lane could also free up more scoring opportunities for post players Jerrone Maymon and Jarnell Stokes