JC Shooting Guard Rounds Up 2003 Recruiting Class

Building around a cornerstone player like center Ike Diogu, requires the presence of quality shooters to compliment the Pac-10's freshman of the year's dominating inside presence. Most of the Sun Devils' signees to date do posses that trait, and Steve Moore who signed his letter of intent today fits that bill as well. DevilsDigest was first to interview him just a few hours after he officially committed to ASU.

The 6-4 205 swingman from Eastern Oklahoma Junior College in Wilburton, OK was relived to have his Jon Hancock on the dotted line. "It's a done deal!" he says with a smile, "I'm happy to get this pressure of my back." He said it was hard turning down powerhouses such as Oklahoma, as well as formidable programs like Wisconsin. However, playing in Tempe does fit his aspirations. "The Big Ten and Big 12 are great conferences. But I'm a West Coast guy. I've dreamed of playing in Pac-10 for a long time, so I'm happy that I'm able to do it now."

Moore transferred from Santa Ana junior college where he averaged over 20 points a game, and gained a reputation for being a deadly three-point shooter. He told us that he averaged nearly 17 points at Eastern Oklahoma, and he feels that playing half the way across the country was beneficial to his game and recruiting prospects. "I wanted to go to Eastern Oklahoma and see where my game is at. I just wanted to get out of California and face better competition, and expose my game to other schools. I also wanted a better chance at graduation."

ASU's dire need for pure shooters who would relive Diogu from defensive pressure off down low, didn't escape his eye when he decided to don the maroon and gold. Furthermore, playing with the freshman sensation was a huge factor in his decision. "He's a great player that reminds me of (former high school teammate and NBA player) Tyson Chandler. Having a player like Ike makes it easier for the shooters, and it always good to have a good big guy you can dump the ball to."

As reported here last month, the JC transfer did visit Tempe on selection Sunday, and the hoopla that day served ASU well as he committed at a celebration dinner later that night. Moore was impressed by his new team's victory over Memphis in the NCAA tourney. "It was great to see them play hard, and not panic when they were down. Coach Evans had a good game plan and that's why they won the game." The confident Moore fully anticipates being a big part of Evans' game plans in the 2003-04 season. "I want to come here right away and be the starter. That's my personality. I want to contribute early."

Steve Moore expects to be in Tempe the middle of May, so he can participate in the off-season conditioning program, as well as take classes in both summer sessions. "I'm looking forward to hanging out with the guys and getting used to school. It's gonna be a lot fun." And having a talented player like Moore enjoying himself on the court, could sustain the recent success of the Sun Devil program, if not elevate it to new heights.

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