Howard Moore leaves UW for UIC

CHICAGO -- As reported Friday morning on ESPNChicago.com, assistant coach Howard Moore is leaving Wisconsin to become Illinois-Chicago's men's basketball coach, the school confirmed.

Moore, who signed a five-year deal, replaces the retired Jimmy Collins.

"It's a tremendous opportunity to get this thing rolling again," Moore told ESPNChicago.com on Friday night. "The facilities are here. The players, they're hungry. There's a passion. That's very ideal for me. I wouldn't leave a tremendous opportunity like Wisconsin if UIC didn't have the elements to succeed.

"The biggest thing I want to do is win championships. We want to get back to the point where we're winning championships again."

Moore is familiar with Chicago as a player and coach. He grew up on Chicago's West Side and starred at Taft High School in Chicago's Public League.

"The thing that really stands out is the fact that I'm a head coach, and I'm coming back to my hometown," Moore said. "Those two things in my first opportunity is a tremendous blessing."

Moore continued his playing career at Wisconsin and returned to the Badgers as an assistant coach in 2005. He also has been an assistant at Ball State, Bradley, University of Chicago and Loyola.

Moore has developed a reputation as one of the top recruiters in the Chicago area. He was influential in the signings of 2010 recruits Mundelein guard Ben Brust and Deerfield forward Duje Dukan, and in the commitments of 2011 recruits Marshall guard George Marshall and Benet center Frank Kaminsky.

Scott Powers covers high school and college sports for ESPNChicago.com and can be reached at spowers@espnchicago.com. ESPN.com's Andy Katz contributed to this report.