Moore Moves, Moore Rumors
By Zach Smart
Since Tom Moore’s arrival from the prestigious University of Connecticut, rumors have swindled around campus.
Moore, who recently appointed Eric Eaton, an associate head coach via Albany, as his 2nd assistant coach, is off to the recruiting trails.
After Ben Eaves, one of UConn’s two players who recently signed a transfer waiver, decided on Rhode Island, a source revealed that Rob Garrison (the other player transferring) may be headed to Quinnipiac.
Garrison, a point guard who scouts feel should have weighed his prep school options before deciding on UConn, decided it was in his best interest to transfer back on March 22.
Huskies coach Jim Calhoun supported Garrison’s decision all the way. Calhoun said during a press conference that he will help Garrison find the right fit for him, after the floor general played second, third, and fourth fiddle to guys like Marcus Williams, A.J. Price, Craig Austrie, and combo guard Doug Wiggins.
With Moore filling the vacant head coaching spot, the 6-foot-2 sophomore from Niagara Falls, N.Y. could be headed 40 minutes down the road. This, of course, is just word around the campfire.
Moore has been actively pursuing West Haven’s Charoy Bentley, a high-octane combo guard who averaged 23 points and handed out 136 assists to lead Harding High (Bridgeport) this past season. Moore was slated to meet with Bentley in Bridgeport on Friday, according to the New Haven Register (http://www.nhregister.com/site/index.cfm?newsid=18209871&BRD=1281&PAG=461&dept_id=517515&rfi=8).
Bentley, the lone Connecticut kid to catch an invite to the ABCD camp last summer, scored over 1,600 career points while playing under his father, Charlie Bentley, at Harding. You can check out his game-by-game stats this year through Max Preps (http://www.maxpreps.com/FanPages/Player.mxp/AthleteID-e3bbd3f8-49d4-4e1f-9beb-dab602de2918/SchoolID-b9a00000-0b3d-40ce-a415-e03f3c4b3d7a/Boys_Varsity_Basketball_Winter_05-06/Connecticut/AreaID-d0527dd3-223f-4fae-bf8b-56067d4d113b).
Joe Trapani, a standout freshman forward at the University of Vermont, shocked the America East world this week when he announced he is leaving school. The 6-foot-7 Trapani averaged 11.4 points and five boards—including a 25-point performance against the Bobcats in a 101-87 win Dec. 23.
Trapani said he’s leaving due to personal matters. Coach Mike Lonergan recently told the Register he has no idea for
Trapani’s decision to leave. He feels that by transferring, Trapani is “making a big mistake” and “setting the program back.” (http://www.wcax.com/Global/story.asp?S=6362458)
Why is Trapani leaving Vermont after emerging as the Catamounts second leading scorer during a successful freshman campaign that ended with an NIT appearance?
I’m not certain, but what I do know is this: Trapani is from Madison, a beach town not far from Quinnipiac, and may want to stay closer to home.