Moses Delivers

While the 2013 prospect still has a long way to go on offense, Arkansas Wings AAU center and Mississippi junior-to-be prep star Moses Kingsley (6-9, 210) has proven to be a defensive powerhouse in the paint and has schools like Arkansas, Kansas and Georgetown paying attention.

This Moses delivers on defense.

Arkansas Wings center Moses Kingsley (6-9, 210), a 2013 Mississippi prep prospect, is coming off another solid effort this past weekend at the EYBL event in Dallas.

While the Nigerian native certainly is a work in progress on offense, the New Albany prep standout is definitely a defensive factor.

"He is raw and doesn't exactly know how to play the game, but his instincts on defense are just outstanding and he is just a fantastic shot-blocker who led the state of Mississippi in blocked shots," Wings coach Ron Crawford said. "He has only been in America since last August.

"What he is – believe it or not – is the best soccer player in Mississippi and that is not as a goalie," Crawford continued. "That is why schools such as Kansas and Arkansas are taking a strong look at him."

Indeed Kansas, Georgetown, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Memphis and Arkansas are some of the schools that have shown interest in Kingsley.

In the United States on an F-1 student visa, Kingsley averaged 7.6 points, 3.2 blocks and 6.3 rebounds last season while manning the paint for a team that advanced to the Class 4A North state championship.

"It went great for us," Kingsley said. "We won 28 games and only lost five... My school had not been to the state championship since 2005."

Kingsley had over 100 blocks this past high school season and recorded eight in one AAU game this spring.

"That is what I do best," Kingsley said. "My coach tells me that if I block eight shots that is like keeping them from scoring 16 points and my team can go score those points instead."

That is the biggest reason the colleges are paying attention to the rising junior-to-be who also runs track and is considering going through spring football practice.

"Kansas is recruiting him, a lot of people are recruiting him," Crawford said. "The way he played in the Mississippi state tournament was his coming out party. We are getting a lot of contact from a lot of schools."

Playing with the Wings – who were 2-3 this weekend - and against the high-level Nike combination should help his development.

"They are better than the guys on my high school team," Kingsley said. "They are going to help me get a lot better this summer."

Kingsley, who had 8 points, 4 rebounds and 3 blocks in his best game this past weekend, was very limited on offense this past high school season.

"Mostly I would just play defense and stay by the goal and get rebounds to put back in," Kingsley said. "With this team, I am learning to make moves inside and my offense will get better.

"My coaches are changing the offense so they will be coming to me more for set plays on offense,' Kingsley added. "We lost a lot of a great players and have only two starters coming back. I've got to get better this spring and summer. I have to be the leader."

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