POPLARVILLE, Miss. — Pearl River coach Chris Oney and his Wildcats are prepared to defend their Region XXIII Title after adding one final piece to their roster ahead of the 2019-20 season.
Oney announced Wednesday the Wildcats have signed Isaih Moore, a transfer from College of Charleston.
Moore completes a group of newcomers that includes Northeast Miss. transfer Jamarcus Jones (Sardis; North Panola), Wichita State transfer Rod Brown (Cordova, Tenn.) and East Carolina transfer Tae Hardy (Ellenwood, Ga.; Miller Grove), along with prep signees Earl Smith (Jackson; Lanier), Kolby Moore (Clinton), Dontae Jackson (Gulfport), Dontavious Proby (Biloxi), Jariyon Wilkens (Biloxi) and Jarron Wilkens (Biloxi).
"We're counting on him to be a really good player for us — the player that he already is," Oney said. "One of the reasons he was open to coming here is I told him we had a big hole at his position.
"I think that excites him and adds something to our team."
Moore was a highly sought after recruit out of Sumter (S.C.) High, choosing the Eagles over interest from South Carolina, Georgia, Clemson, Marquette and others. He was ranked the No. 7 prospect out of South Carolina his senior year and considered the No. 87 power forward in the country by 247Sports. He led Sumpter — coached by his father, Shawn Jones — to the Region 5 Championship as a junior and senior. As a senior, Moore averaged 25.5 points, 13.3 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 3.7 blocks and 2/1 steals. He also played in the North Carolina-South Carolina All-Star Game and boasted a 3.1 grade-point average.
Moore appeared in 11 games as a freshman last year, scoring 31 points with three blocks, four steals, two assists and 23 rebounds.
"He's a kid with a lot of talent," Oney said. "There were games in high school when he scored 40-plus. He was in the rotation at College of Charleston, it was just a situation where he wanted to see if he could play at a higher level.
"Talent wise and skill wise, he's headed in that direction."
At 6-foot-10, Oney said Moore isn't your typical forward.
"He's a big guy, but he can shoot 3s, stretch the floor, score inside and rebound," he said. "Going into his junior year of high school he was 6-5 playing the two-guard and then he grew, so he has a lot of guard skills which makes him a very unique player."