Shawn Moore could have waited it out for a Division I scholarship opportunity this spring, but the timing was right for the 5-9 point guard from Northeastern J.C. in Sterling, Colo.
As a result, the 180 pound floor general has signed with Division II Incarnate Word. NJC Head Coach Brian Joyce said that Moore picked Incarnate Word over Abilene Christian.
He visited both schools this spring, and also had generated looks from Central Michigan, New Mexico State and Texas A&M Corpus Christi.
"There's no question that Shawn could have played at a Division I," Joyce said. "But the fit and timing was right, and it's a good situation at Incarnate Word."
Moore averaged 6.8 points, three rebounds, 4.3 assists and 1.7 steals per game in 2003-2004. He started 23 of the 27 games he appeared in for the Plainsmen, shooting 38 percent from the field, 37 percent beyond the arc and 77 percent from the foul line.
The other three Northeastern sophomores inked in the fall. Small forward John DeGroat signed with Pittsburgh, combo forward Dennis Howard signed with Creighton and power forward/center Derek Wabbington is bound for Wyoming.
DeGroat averaged 11.7 points and 6.9 rebounds per game, shooting 49 percent from the floor, 44 percent beyond the arc and 68 percent from the foul line.
Howard primarily came off the bench for NJC. He started six of 29 games, averaging 8.1 points and 4.8 rebounds per game on a balanced squad. He shot 41 percent from the floor and 77 percent from the foul line.
Wabbington started 28 of the 31 games he appeared in for the Plainsmen, averaging 8.5 points and 8.4 rebounds per game. He shot 44 percent from the field and 61 percent from the foul line.
All four of the sophomores are expected to graduate from NJC this weekend, Joyce said.
In the weeks to come, we will be profiling several rising sophomores (Class of 2005) from Northeastern J.C., so stay tuned.