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Chance Moore is a 6-5 wing from McEachern high school in Georgia and currently ranked 83rd nationally according to the 247 Sports Composite and 92nd overall on Rivals.
Moore was ranked as high as 18th in the composite and 26th on Rivals, but injuries, a transfer, and rehab caused him to fall in the rankings due to not being fully scouted in the past year since the injury.
Even with the drop, he remains firmly in the top-100 with a chance to rise up the ranks his senior season, now that he’s healthy. Assuming he stays in the top-100, Moore will be just the fourth out-of-state top-100 player to commit to the Razorbacks since 2010.
The others were standouts for the Razorbacks: BJ Young (2011), Moses Kingsley (2013), and Jimmy Whitt (2015/2019). It is not crazy to think Moore could make a similar impact on the court as those former players, but in one sense, he has already made an even bigger impact.
The state of Arkansas produces a great deal of high-major (and mid-major) basketball talent year-in and year-out. It is one of the best basketball states in the country, per capita. Even with that in-state talent, it is vital to a program’s success to be able to land elite talent from more than just the home state. Moore is Musselman’s first top-100 out-of-state commitment, and with a great deal of elite talent on the coaching staff’s recruiting board being outside of Arkansas, Moore’s commitment could start a trend.
Arkansas has high priority four and five-star prospects from Arkansas, but also Texas, Florida, Virginia, Georgia, Oklahoma, and even internationally. Landing four-star in-state talent is always a plus, but it’s not the driving force to getting the program to the next level.
Moore as a player is exactly what fans have come to expect of an Eric Musselman recruit: long, tall, athletic, and a shooter and scorer. He has improved on the defensive side of the ball, and was viewed as an elite prospect when healthy. Some scouts say the same thing even after his injury.
His shot looks a little funky, but it works. Moore is a threat to score at all three levels, a solid finisher, and a pretty decent ball handler. He’ll add size and depth to the roster at the very least, as he will play in a loaded backcourt. His biggest impact might be the impact he makes by starting the out-of-state trend on the Razorback recruiting trail.