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May 15, 2012

Irish contact transfer point guard

In its quest to secure an heir apparent to Eric Atkins, the Notre Dame basketball program has extended its search for point guards to the transfer market.

Former Illinois State point guard Nic Moore has been in contact with the Irish coaching staff and there is mutual interest, a source told Irish Illustrated on Tuesday afternoon. Moore received his release to any BCS conference program last week after a coaching change at Illinois State.

“As soon as Coach (Tim) Jankovich left, I made up my mind and knew I wanted to go play for a BCS program,” Moore said in a statement. “It didn't matter who was going to be the head coach. My decision had already been made.”

Right now it is unclear what other programs are in the mix for Moore, who could not immediately be reached for comment.

The former three-star prospect played his prep basketball at Warsaw Community High School, which is just over an hour south of the Notre Dame campus in Warsaw, Ind. He chose Illinois State over offers from Akron, Evansville, IPFW, UNC-Asheville, Northwestern, Ohio, St. Bonaventure, Valparaiso and Western Illinois.

During the summer Moore ran with the Spiece Indy Heat AAU program, where he played with incoming Irish freshman forward Austin Burgett.

During his freshman season at Illinois State, Moore started 29 games. He shot 39.6 percent from the field and 38.9 percent from beyond the arc. He averaged 10 points (third on the team), 3.9 assists and 2.3 rebounds a game.

Moore also shot 82.9 percent from the free throw line and led the team with 135 assists total.

Illinois State went 21-14 and played in the Missouri Valley championship game.

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