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Moultrie's recruitment intensifying

Posted on: May 12, 2010 10:35 am
Edited on: May 12, 2010 12:07 pm

Former UTEP standout Arnett Moultrie has developed into the hottest transfer on the market.

Most high-major programs in the south -- Tennessee, Memphis, Kentucky, Texas, etc., -- have inquired about the 6-foot-11 forward since the Memphis native withdrew from the NBA Draft last week and announced he would not return to UTEP. And though Moultrie's hometown school remains in play, developments over the past 48 hours suggest Mississippi State and Arkansas have made strong pushes and positioned themselves well.

Still, there could be an issue.

Sources told on Wednesday that -- in addition to Memphis and other C-USA schools -- UTEP might not release Moultrie to Mississippi State or Arkansas. In that case, Moultrie would not be allowed to be on scholarship next year at either school. He would also lose a year of eligibility.

Why is Moultrie such a commodity?

He's a tall and skilled future NBA player who is being viewed by most as a Class of 2011 one-and-done prospect, as a guy who will sit out next year (per NCAA transfer rules) before having the same kind of impact in 2011-12 that Ekpe Udoh had at Baylor. Moultrie and Udoh aren't similar players, but they're simiar talents. Which is why coaches will spend Wednesday continuing to jockey for position, and this recruitment could turn 100 different ways before it ends, and there's no telling when it will end.

Fall classes don't start until August.

Moultrie and his people can be patient, if they want.

Since: Feb 22, 2007
Posted on: May 13, 2010 10:13 am

Dont be fooled by this guy

I can speak for him because, im a miner fan. Moultrie dissappointed this year as he had many games in which he was a non-factor. OK he is athletic but nothing else. He could rebound but not score consistently. Dont waste your time on this guy. With the talent that UNC and KU get, he wont be getting playing time. Maybe he can help a mid-major school but thats it. He wont score you 20 points. I believe he averaged under 10 points a game

Since: Nov 18, 2009
Posted on: May 12, 2010 8:57 pm

Moultrie's recruitment intensifying

Like it hurt Tyreke Evans, Derrick Rose, Chris Douglas-Roberts and Joey Dorsey?????  I think he can do fine in CUSA.  For the record two rookie of the year's in a row.  I am pretty sure the SEC has never done this.  I think he would be fine at a CUSA school, especially Memphis.....

Since: May 12, 2010
Posted on: May 12, 2010 6:46 pm

Moultrie's recruitment intensifying

Classes start in August....that's a good one!

Since: Dec 14, 2006
Posted on: May 12, 2010 6:15 pm


As a Carolina fan, I can't help think that Arnett Moultrie coming to UNC would be a perfect fit (IF he's allowed to play the 2010-2011 season).

With the departure of Deon Thompson (graduating), Ed Davis (going pro), and the Wear twins (transferring), the Heels need an inside presence. I love Tyler Zeller (7'0'')...but he needs a lot of help down there. John Henson (6'10'') is more of a swing man and the incoming freshman, Harrison Barnes (6'8'') is the same way. Will Graves (6'7'') is a big body as well, but he's nowhere near being a PF. With some big men coming to North Carolina in the next couple of recruiting classes, it'd be great to get a skilled big-man transfer for just a year (maybe two).

Since: Mar 4, 2009
Posted on: May 12, 2010 2:58 pm

Moultrie's recruitment intensifying

so what'd he do for UTEP? they looka like crap in the dance.

Since: Apr 12, 2010
Posted on: May 12, 2010 2:27 pm

Moultrie's recruitment intensifying

So I guess D. Rose and Tyreke Evans were at a disadvantage for playing in CUSA??? It doesn't matter where you play if you can ball you will get noticed.

Since: Oct 16, 2007
Posted on: May 12, 2010 1:46 pm

Moultrie's recruitment intensifying

talk around town is that Moultrie wants to play for Memphis

Since: Oct 16, 2007
Posted on: May 12, 2010 1:30 pm

Moultrie's recruitment intensifying


now CAL wants the Memphis kids.

didnt want them for 9 years, but as soon as he leaves town, he wants them.

what a tool

Since: Feb 3, 2010
Posted on: May 12, 2010 1:27 pm

Moultrie's recruitment intensifying

It was probably personalties and the fact Barbee left for Auburn. If he's going to learn a new system and be a one and done player -- he's more likely to get noticed in the NBA if he plays at a school in the SEC rather than at UTEP. If he did as well or better than he did at UTEP against what is considered a higher level of competition (SEC vs. CUSA), his draft stock in 2011 improves greatly.

Heck, look at Caracter who is in the NBA draft this year. He has an NBA body, has size, and he was no doubt the difference-make
r when he became eligible toward the start of conference play.  However, he won't be drafted until the second round if at all. Moultrie would be in that same boat in next year's draft no matter what he did at UTEP. That's no knock on UTEP who has produced some solid NBA players, but if you're not playing in a Major Conference, you're at a disadvantage from the start.

Personally, I suspect that's the deal -- not Floyd pushing Moultrie out the door. Hats off to Floyd and Moultrie for handling the situation quietly and as men.

Since: Jan 24, 2009
Posted on: May 12, 2010 1:05 pm

Moultrie's recruitment intensifying

Why would Moultrie even remotely consider playing for Calipari?

 Cal never recruited him to play at Memphis and the kid played a few blocks away in high school.  I could see him playing for another SEC team, however, to continue to prove to Cal the error of overlooking him earlier.

Because Cal does not want him at Memphis, not then, not now. This young man should not have been allowed to leave Memphis in the first place. Terrico White should not have been allowed to leave Memphis. Cal does not recruit Memphis players until after they have reached their peak. Drew Barham is playing as a walk-on, only after Cal left Memphis.

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