True freshman Khalid Moore comes to Georgia Tech with high expectations surrounding him as he follows in the footsteps up Tech legend Kenny Anderson.
Back in 1989, a young Kenny Anderson came to Georgia Tech from Archbishop Molloy High School in New York. Nearly 30 years later, another Archbishop Molloy grad comes to Tech in the form of 6-foot-6 and 200-pound forward Khalid Moore.
Moore, a three-star recruit from last year’s recruiting class was ranked by 247Sports’s composite rankings ranked Moore as the 214th best recruit in the country, the 48th ranked small forward, and sixth best player from the Empire State. It also marked the second straight recruiting class that the Jackets pulled a player out of New York, joining Jose Alvarado.
Moore’s offer sheet consisted of 16 offers of major and mid-major programs. Other notable programs that offered Moore include Louisville, Miami, St.John’s, Syracuse, Virginia, and Virginia Tech.
As a player, Moore is a versatile small forward that the Jackets can use in different spots and at different positions throughout a game. With his length and height, Moore will be a strong presence on both sides of the ball for the Yellow Jackets.
Moore’s former NY Rens (Nike EYBL) coach Chris Alesi, told Adam Zagoria of Zagsblog.com the following;
"“Khalid Moore is as good a 2-way player as you’ll find […..] in addition to being an elite defender, I’d argue that there isn’t a more underrated player in the country. In the day and age of positionless basketball, he will be a major addition to the Georgia Tech program.”"
This season, Moore will probably get to see a good chunk of playing time but his playing time will be highly reliant on not just his performance but the performance of Evan Cole, Moses Wright, Sylvester Ogbonda, and Abdoulaye Gueye. That being said, the latter two most likely will be seeing a great deal of time at center. Another player who could potentially dictate Moore’s impact this season is James Banks, who the Yellow Jackets are trying to get eligible for this season per the AJC’s Ken Sugiura.
Either way, Moore is a player who once he finds a role on the team could become a tremendous asset to the program and player with a bright future. He still needs more development like any freshman but the key pieces in his development are already there.