Former Clemson swingman Cheyenne Moore said yesterday he and Clemson Coach Oliver Purnell made a "mutual decision" that he should transfer, and that he chose George Washington because of his comfort with the Colonials' system and his familiarity with the Washington area.

Moore started 17 games as a freshman, averaging 19.5 minutes and 6.6 points. The 6-foot-5 guard-forward will sit out a year and be eligible for the 2006-07 season.

"As a freshman you can't really complain with 19 minutes a game, but I set high standards for myself, so I feel like I had a mediocre season," said Moore, who spent a year of high school at Rockville's Montrose Christian before moving on to West Nottingham Academy north of Baltimore and South Kent School in Connecticut. "I wanted to see if I'd be more successful somewhere else."

Moore, whose plans to leave Clemson were announced by the school last week, chose George Washington over Providence and South Carolina, said Raphael Chillious, his coach at West Nottingham and South Kent. Moore's godmother and several close friends still live in the Baltimore area.

Another transfer, 6-8 forward Regis Koundjia (LSU), has already enrolled at George Washington and will be eligible in the spring semester.

-- Dan Steinberg