IN ACTION AT THE CBI LAST MARCH
PULLMAN -- When he's not in school or studying, Reggie Moore raps, plays the guitar and dreams of one day starting a clothing line. “I have a lot more time on my hands,” says the former Washington State point guard, who was kicked off the team in September for reasons that remain quiet other than the standard "violation of team rules."
Moore said he wouldn’t have explored all of his other interests if he hadn’t been kicked off the team.
“I don’t want to say I’m glad it happened,” Moore said. “But at the end of the day everything happens for a reason.”
He's spent the semester being a regular WSU student, working toward a bachelor's degree in music with a history minor.
But basketball is never far from mind. He has friends on the team, of course, and he plans to jump start his career next season.
Where, exactly, that will be is uncertain at this point.
Overseas professional ball is one option, but he's hoping to play at another university as a graduate student.
Moore, who plans to leave WSU following the current semester, never redshirted while a Cougar, so this season effectively counts as one. That means he has one season of eligibility left.
Based on the NCAA graduate transfer rule, he can transfer as long as he's completed his undergraduate degree and wants to pursue a master's degree that his current school doesn't offer. That's the rule that allowed quarterback Russell Wilson to leave North Carolina State for Wisconsin.
Cougar head coach Ken Bone said Moore will most likely finish up his degree and play basketball at a Division II school.
“He also could transfer to a Division I school and play most of next season (but) must complete one year of residency first,” Bone said. “There' also the chance that he might try going overseas and playing pro basketball and he could still finish his degree if it's still of value to him.
With Moore off the team, senior Brock Motum is the last member of WSU's five-man 2009 recruiting class who is still in crimson. Xavier Thames is at San Diego State and Anthony Brown at Eastern Oregon, while Steven Bjornstad left due to injuries.
“I hope Reggie all the success in the world,” Motum said. “He is a great player with a lot of talent and I hope he goes somewhere where he is able to display it all.”
The Cougar Nation had high hopes for Moore this season. He was the Pac-12 assist king last year and seemed on the verge of a truly breakout season with more consistency finishing around the rim.
But then shortly after school resumed for the fall semester he was booted from the team.
There was speculation about what happened, fueled in part by the December 2010 incident in which Moore was cited for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
WSU remains mum on what triggered the September dismissal, and Moore declined to elaborate for this story.
His departure shook up the team, which is 6-4 heading into Thursday’s home game against Jackson State. Bone has opted for something of a committee approach to the point position, with Royce Woolridge filling much the role and Mike Ladd taking turns.
“I think Reggie’s release from the team was disappointing,” said Motum. “He was a great player, teammate and good friend of mine.”
Bone said the team misses Moore’s physical talent and experience.
“That said, the team chemistry right now is the best it’s been during my time here at WSU,” Bone said.
Moore had been a starter since he was a freshman, when he averaged 12 points and 4.2 assists a game. As a sophomore, battling a hand injury, he averaged 9.1 points and 3.4 assists and then last season he was at 10.2 points and 5 assists per outing.
The hardest part of being dismissed has been missing his teammates, Moore said.
“If this was the last thing in my life and it was all over, it’d be hard,” Moore said. “But I’m just watching my friends play.
“At the end of the day I don’t have any regrets,” Moore said. “It could be worse.”
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