PULLMAN – A former four-star recruit with Division I playing experience is transferring to Washington State and will be eligible to play for the Cougars by the midway point of the 2019-20 season.
Chance Moore, a 6-foot-6 wing who played sparingly in his freshman season at Wichita State, announced Monday he’d be transferring to WSU, one day after taking his official visit to the campus in Pullman.
Because Moore announced his departure from Wichita State prior to the end of the semester, he’ll be eligible to suit up for the Cougars next December as a sophomore. Forward Arinze Chidom transferred from the WSU program in December, freeing up a scholarship for coach Ernie Kent.
During his freshman season at Wichita State, Moore played in just four games, scoring just three points in 20 minutes. The Louisville, Kentucky, native was labeled a four-star prospect by ESPN’s recruiting service and also received offers from Virginia Tech, Butler and Dayton.
Moore’s last appearance for Wichita State came on Dec. 1 against Baylor; the Shockers announced his intentions to transfer on Dec. 17.
Moore and Wichita State coach Gregg Marshall reportedly had some disputes over the freshman’s playing time, which played a role in his decision to transfer.
“I liked him as a young person and I hope he does well wherever he ends up,” Marshall said about Moore’s departure, according to The Wichita Eagle. “Obviously we had some disagreements on mostly playing time. He thought he should be playing more and our staff didn’t. We had some specific things we wanted him to do to play more and he just couldn’t come around to that. I wish him well, hope he does great and we’ll try to help him in any way.”
Kent has seen 15 of his Cougars recruits transfer, but has also brought in a few Division I transfers. Last season, WSU got a boost from North Dakota graduate transfer Drick Bernstine, who played a point forward role with the Cougars and averaged 6.9 points and 6.9 rebounds.
Center Valentine Izundu transferred to WSU from Houston and came off the bench in his only season on the Palouse, scoring 3.8 points, grabbing 2.7 rebounds and blocking 2.2 shots per game in 2015-16. Izundu transferred to San Diego State the following year.
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