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COLLEGE WATCH: Forward Aaron Moore no longer with PSU basketball team

Portland State men’s basketball coach Tyler Geving confirmed on Monday that senior forward Aaron Moore is no longer with the team.

Geving was vague in talking about why Moore — who did not play in Portland State’s 79-62 Saturday road loss to Weber State — is no longer with the Vikings.

“You’ve got to just, at some point, draw your foot in the sand,” Geving said. “We’re going to move forward, and I still believe we’re going to be better for it, because Saturday night we played hard.”

Geving said removing Moore from the team was a difficult decision for him on a personal level.MOORE

“Is it easy?” Geving said. “No, it’s not easy. Is it painful? Yeah, it pains me. But I also know our players are going to respond to it better. I’m going to earn the respect of my players a little bit more as opposed to if I just let it continue to go on. Then all of a sudden players are going to go, ‘Well, coach teaches us to act like that, we all get to act like that.’”

One of the things that made the decision so difficult for Geving is that he says that Moore has grown as a person since coming to Portland State from San Bernardino Valley College his junior season.

“He made great strides — tremendous strides,” Geving said. “If you knew his background and what he’s about and what he’s gone through and where he is right now, boy, he’s made tremendous strides. Unfortunately, he hasn’t made enough strides in certain areas, and that’s what’s been holding him back and that’s why I made the decision I decided to make. Because it’s going to be best for our team. And, at the end of the day, really, I think it’s what’s going to be best for our team. And really, it’s going to be what’s best for him.”

Geving reiterated that just because Moore is no longer on the team does not mean the Vikings have turned their back on their former player. Geving hopes that Moore will be able to earn his degree and provide for his family going forward.

“Our plan is to keep him in school,” Geving said. “He needs to get his degree. He’s 32 credits from getting his college degree. He has a 6-year-old son who he needs to provide for the rest of his life. These are conversations we’ve had, where, if you act in this way, you’re not going to have a job in the real world and you’re not going to be able to provide for your son.”

The 6-8, 215-pound Moore was averaging 11.8 points and 5.8 rebounds in nine outings this season, all starts, and shooting 48.3 percent from the field and 66.7 percent at the foul line, with five blocks.

Moore was the Vikings' top returning player from 2012-13, when he started 26 of 28 games and led the team in scoring (13.2), rebounding (7.1) and blocked shots (26 total). He shot 52.0 percent from the field and 72.9 percent at the free-throw line as a junior, earning honorable mention all-Big Sky honors for the 8-20 Viks.

Before this season, PSU coach Tyler Geving said that "Aaron is an all-league caliber player, and we need him to be that if this team is going to have success. … I expect a big year from him."