Rutgers adds Pittsburgh transfer J.J. Moore

By Jeff Borzello | College Basketball Writer

It's not going to be an easy rebuilding process for Eddie Jordan at Rutgers, but Mike Rice's replacement is off to a decent start.

More optimism came on Thursday when Pittsburgh transfer J.J. Moore committed to Rutgers on a visit.

According to reports, Moore will apply for a hardship waiver in an attempt to play immediately due to his ill grandfather. Should he not get a waiver, Moore will be eligible to play for the Scarlet Knights when they join the Big Ten in 2014-15.

Moore, a 6-foot-6 Long Island native, averaged 8.0 points and 3.0 rebounds last season for Pittsburgh. His minutes took a hit during the second half of the season, scoring more than 10 points just once in the final 18 games of the campaign. Pitt's season ended with a Round of 64 loss to eventual Final Four participant Wichita State.

While there are still plenty of problems going at Rutgers, the basketball roster seems to be stabilizing somewhat. Since the roster exodus after Rice was fired, Jordan has picked up commitments from solid forward Junior Etou, Iowa State transfer Nkereuwem Okoro, former Miami (Fla.) guard Bishop Daniels and now Moore. Jordan also has pledges for the 2013-14 season from junior college transfers Craig Brown and D'Von Campbell.

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