Don't Test Moses

Arkansas big man target Moses Kingsley has shown an improved offensive game this week at the Nike Peach Jam, but it's the Nigerian's defense and shot-blocking ability - he had 8 swats in one game Friday - that has him as one of the top-ranked centers nationally.

NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. – Will Moses part the Red Sea and become a Razorback?

No doubt that is what Arkansas basketball coaches and fans hope for when it comes to Nigerian big man Moses Kingsley (6-9, 225).

Kingsley – a top 50 player nationally – has a top four of Arkansas, Louisville, Florida and North Carolina State.

"My relationship with Arkansas' coaches is really, really good," Kingsley said. "They are good people. I play with the assistant coach's son (Manuale Watkins, son of Melvin Watkins) on my AAU team and they have been on me for the longest of anyone. I really like the Razorbacks."

Kingsley – a teammate of Arkansas commit Bobby Portis (6-9, 225) - has showed off his talent Thursday and Friday t the Nike Peach Jam.

The four-star prospect per had 19 points, 7 rebounds and 5 blocked shots in a loss to CP3 as pool play got underway.

"I played okay, but that was not the way we wanted to play as a team," Kingsley said. "We will come back strong."

He has always been known for his defensive prowess, but has shown development in his offensive game this summer.

"I have improved a little bit, but I still need to improve a lot," Kingsley said. "I need to be able to do more with my back to the basket and stuff. I am trying to work on my post moves. I think I only had one today. The rest was just scoring after rebounds."

He followed that up Thursday with 14 points, 11 rebounds and 3 blocks in a 65-53 win over Cal Supreme on Thursday.

On Friday, Kingsley had 12 points, 9 rebounds and 3 blocks in a 53-51 loss to Houston Hoops and then collected 12 points, 7 rebounds and a whopping 8 blocks in a 63-51 victory over the Bluff City Legends.

Portis, who had 36 points and 19 rebounds in the two games on Friday, is working hard to bring Kingsley along with him to Fayetteville.

"It will be a factor and playing with Bobby would be great," Kingsley said. "But it can't be the only factor. I have to make the choice that is best for me, just as he does."

The other three schools have shown him a lot of interest as well.

"They are all good schools and I feel the love from the coaches and those around the programs," Kingsley said. "Once I get done playing this summer, I will sit down and schedule my (official) visits.

"That's going to be the big thing for me," Kingsley said. "How I will fit in at each place, not just with basketball, but with education and around the players and coaches. It's a very important decision."

Kingsley made it clear why he left Nigeria to come to America.

"I want to get a great education and I want to play in the NBA and help my family," Kingsley said. "That's the biggest things for me, how I can best do that."

Kingsley, who has not been home and seen his family in two years, played the last couple of seasons at New Albany, Miss.

He will play his senior season at Huntington (W.V.) Prep, where his game should develop around others his size.

"It is really going to help me because the competition is going to be so much better," Kingsley said. "Where I have gone to school before, the people I play are just a little bit above six foot tall. When I go to Huntington, the bigger people are going to get me ready for college."

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