OXFORD, Ohio—Miami University men’s basketball head coach John Cooper announced Friday (July 5) the additions of Blake McLimans and Willie Moore to the program.
McLimans (Hamburg, N.Y./Worcester Academy, Mass.) is a 6-foot-10, 240-pound forward/center who graduated from the University of Michigan and will pursue a graduate degree at Miami while finishing out his final season of eligibility with the RedHawks. An accomplished pitcher during his prep days, McLimans also is expected to join the RedHawk baseball team.
Moore (Cincinnati, Ohio/Aiken) is a 6-foot-3, 200-pound guard who transfers from the University of Oregon after spending his freshman campaign with the Ducks last year. He will have three years of eligibility left with the RedHawks.
“We are thrilled to add these two players to our program,” remarked Cooper. “Both Blake and Willie bring postseason experience with them to Miami, which will only help us as we move into the future. I think it always helps when you have young men in your program with NCAA Tournament experience.”
McLimans played in 71 career games in three seasons at Michigan. He helped the Wolverines go from an under .500 team in the first season, which he redshirted, to three 20-win seasons—including one 30-win season—a Big Ten regular-season crown in 2012 and a national championship game appearance last season. McLimans helped Michigan win the NIT Season Tip-Off last year and go undefeated in non-conference action during the regular season. Prior to his time at Michigan, McLimans spent a year at Worchester Academy after playing four years at Hamburg High School. While at Hamburg, he set the school’s career blocked shots record and also was named ECIC Division II Player of the Year.
“Blake brings a wealth of experience,” said Cooper. “He’s a young man who is a college graduate with a degree in economics from the University of Michigan and was on a team that played in the national championship game this past year. Rarely do you get the opportunity to coach someone who has national championship game experience, but those things help. This is a young man who has vast experiences and is a guy who is a skilled basketball player. At 6-feet-10 inches tall, he brings size to the program. He can really shoot the basketball, can pass and has a terrific feel for and understanding of the game. We’re really excited that this is the place he chose to pursue his master’s degree.”
As a freshman at Oregon, Moore played in 26 of the Ducks’ 37 games and made two starts. His two starts were in the first two games of his collegiate career. Moore scored seven points and had three steals in 20 minutes of action in his first collegiate game against Northern Arizona. He finished the season averaging 2.0 ppg. While at Aiken High School, Moore was named a Division II-IV first team selection by the Cincinnati Enquirer as a senior, averaging 16.8 points, 9.1 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game. As a junior, Moore averaged 14 points, 9.5 rebounds, 3 assists and 1.9 steals for Aiken.
“Willie Moore is another young man who was a part of an NCAA Tournament team that won games in the tournament, and we are really excited to have him join our program. In addition to (sophomore guard) Geovonie McKnight, Willie was the first player I tried to recruit from the area last year. This is a young man who played a couple of different positions at Oregon this past year, who brings knowledge of the game and gives us good size at the guard position. He has the ability to defend, knock down short shots and can really pass the ball. He gives us an additional ball handler. For our style of play and what we like to do off ball screens and everything else, he’s a terrific fit. And he’s able to get closer to home and be with his family more importantly. We’re happy that we are close to home and this is a place he considered the second time around.”
McLimans and Moore join an incoming class that includes 5-foot-10, 175-pound point guard Eric Washington (Columbia, S.C./Keenan), a junior transfer from Presbyterian College; 6-foot-7, 210-pound freshman forward Joshua Oswald (Melbourne, Australia/Caulfield Grammar School), who signed with the RedHawks in November; and 6-foot-7, 185-pound guard Jaryd Eustace (Brisbane, Australia/Brisbane Boys’ College) who signed with Miami in April.