Selection Sunday Also For ASU Recruit?

The Sun Devils have been coveting this JC shooter prospect for a while. He arrived in the valley just in time for selection Sunday, and it was easy for him to get caught up in the March madness excitement in Tempe. But was it enough to make him ASU's next commit?

Steve Moore is a 6-4 205 swingman who is wrapping up his sophomore season at Eastern Oklahoma Junior College in Wilburton, OK. He transferred from Santa Ana junior college where he gained a reputation for being a deadly three-point shooter. He arrived in the valley with less than four hours before the NCAA selection show. The hoopla surrounding the team on this day has made his visit so far very enjoyable. "It's sweet." Moore says with a big smile on his face, "NCAA environment, Pac-10 basketball, close to home. It can't get better than this. This is where you want to be at."

The last crop of ASU recruits, such as Ike Diogu, have been characterized as players who rewarded the Devils for recruiting them earlier than other schools. If Moore were to become ASU's last signee in the 2003 class, he would be another of those players who appreciates the early attention. "They've been recruiting me from day one, that loyalty is first. They're pretty high on my list." Other schools that Moore is seriously considering are Oregon State, Wisconsin, and Oklahoma. "

While his visit in Tempe was only a few hours old, Moore listed a few factors that may just sway him to don the maroon and gold next season. "It's a winning program in the Pac-10. I love the way coach Evans coaches where it's always up and down. I like the rest of the coaching staff too. I know a couple of players here like Curtis Millage, Donnell Knight, and Chris Osborne. I grew up in L.A. and this is only six hours by car." Despite the successful season Rob Evans' team is having, one area of need is outside shooting. That necessity has not gone unnoticed in the recruitment process of Steve Moore. "They know I can shoot the ball and they said that I can help them right away if I came here. This team likes to shoot the ball, and that's something I like to do."

Naturally the swingman lists his biggest asset as his shooting ability, but he feels that he excels in other areas too. "A lot of people label me as a good shooter, but I worked on my slashing game a lot. I got stronger so I can post up smaller guards, and I'm a good leaper. If you throw it up I'll go get it. I need to work on my right hand, because I'm left handed. My defense is something I can improve too."

ASU is Moore's first visit. "I do have visits with other teams," he says, "but there may be a slight change (smile)." Now that sounds like a pretty thick hint to us…

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