“He was the reason I came 3,000 miles from home,” Moore said. “It was difficult to me. That was another part that was hard on me.”
Moore’s playing time was significantly reduced this season. He played 34 games and 639 minutes last season, averaging 4.4 points, but only eight games and 110 minutes this season, averaging .9 points. He did not play in the final 21 games, even as point guard Jose Alvarado was lost for the final seven games because of an elbow fracture. Moore said that coach Josh Pastner did not give him a reason why he wasn’t playing him.
“I know the type of player I am; I know what I bring to the table,” Moore said. “They’ve got their reasons.”
Pastner said that he has given Moore an unconditional release in his transfer options.
“We appreciate what Justin brought to this team,” Pastner said in an email. “He is a fine young man. We support him in his future plans and wish him all the best.”
Moore is the second Tech player to transfer from the school since Pastner’s hire in April 2016. Christian Matthews left Tech after last season.
Moore said he’ll stay through the end of the semester. He said a school in California would be ideal, but he is open to “anywhere out West.”
“I’ve got to tell everybody I appreciate everything,” Moore said. “I’m thankful for everything I’ve been through. It has bettered me.”
Tech has one open scholarship.