Mar 19, 2014; Spokane, WA, USA; Cincinnati Bearcats head coach Mick Cronin addresses the media in a press conference during practice before the second round of the 2014 NCAA Tournament at Veterans Memorial Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Cincinnati Bearcats Basketball Recruits Moving And Shaking In The Rankings


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With the state tournaments in the rearview mirror and even high school or community college semesters nearing a close shortly, the ratings for basketball prospects in the 2014 class have been finalized. There really isn’t much more for recruiting analysts to determine about players who will be at new schools in just a few months. The same goes for Cincinnati’s three signees in this class Quadri Moore, Gary Clark, and Coreontae Deberry.

Admittedly I’m way late on this news. Bearcats Blog and Down the Drive were all over this ages ago and I’m definitely the last one to the party. Let’s just say I’m fashionable late. People say that still, right? I chalk up Scott and Matt’s speed-to-publish to the fact that both are millionaire playboys* with infinite time on their hands. Oh the luxuries of the rich and infamous…

*As it has been explained in excruciatingly full detail to me.

Anyways, Cincinnati’s recruits saw their rankings change from earlier in this cycle. Starting with Quadri Moore, his didn’t change for most sites except ESPN. Despite the center dropping 22 points and snagging 21 boards in the New Jersey state title game, the Worldwide Leader opted to drop him 5 points from a 4-star recruit to a 3-star. LOL OK, ESPN. Mr. double-double Gary Clark got some love from the recruiting sites and was upgraded from a 3-star recruit to a 4-star recruit by both 247 Sports and Rivals. He even moved up 57 spots in Rivals’ overall rankings and is now the 87th best prospect according to that service. Finally there’s Coreontae DeBerry. Since he’s a JUCO, he doesn’t get much attention from the recruiting sites. So his only move was a rating by Rivals as a 3-star prospect.

Those were the major changes in a nutshell. You can peruse the UC 2014 recruits’ final evaluations below.

Quadri Moore: Composite Rating – 4-Star, 93.4 

  • 247 Sports: 3-stars, 89 (no change)
  • ESPN: 3-stars, 75 (down from 4-stars, 80)
  • Rivals: 3-stars (no change)
  • Scout: 4-stars (no change)

Gary ClarkComposite Rating – 4-Star, 93.1 

  • 247 Sports: 4-stars, 92 (up from 3-stars, 89)
  • ESPN: 4-stars, 80 (no change)
  • Rivals: 4-stars (up from 3-stars)
  • Scout: 4-stars (no change)

Coreontae DeBerryComposite Rating – 3-Star, 89.0

  • 247 Sports: 3-stars, 89 (no change)
  • ESPN: Unranked
  • Rivals: 3-stars (was unranked previously)
  • Scout: Unranked

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  • Ken

    Any discussion on Red Shirts for any of these young men? I’m thinking “no” with how much need we have on the front line and Gary Clark seems like a machine.

    • Chris

      I agree, I don’t think Mick can really afford to redshirt any of these guys with how thin the front court is.