Fresh off signing with Arkansas on Thursday, Huntington Prep (WV) center Moses Kingsley went to work on the court this past weekend.
Kingsley (6-10, 220) had 14 points in Saturday's 105-50 win over Canada's Phase One Academy and then had nine points as the Express downed Christian Faith 61-44 on Sunday.
"He is really playing well," Huntington Prep head coach Rob Fulford said. "He has adjusted to playing guys at his level every day. Those guys make each other better. They challenge each other and hold each other accountable."
Huntington Prep –ranked No. 1 in the country by USA Today – will be back in action Friday when it begins play in the Charlotte Hoops Challenge in Charlotte, N.C.
The Express will face Quality Education on Friday night and then face Kennedy Charter on Saturday afternoon.
"It's definitely a target," Fulford said of the top ranking. "That's the unfortunate part of the polls. It's exciting for the kids when they get there and we set a high standard obviously. It's just a reward for hard work the guys have put in. But now we have to follow through and try to be there at the end."
Kingsley joined Little Rock Hall star Bobby Portis (6-10, 220) in giving the Razorbacks what is now the nation's 14th-ranked recruiting class according to Scout.com.
Huntington Prep is loaded with the nation's top 2013 player in unsigned 6-7 Andrew Wiggins and four players that signed letters-of-intent.
Joining Kingsley in inking last Thursday were Xavier Rathan-Mayes (Florida State), 6-10, 290-pound center Dominic Woodson (Baylor) and Travon Landry (Tennessee).
"Our practices are extremely competitive," Fulford said. "We have a saying that our practices are an audition for the games. I think he has bought into that and it makes it fun. It makes our players better today than they were yesterday. We have about five four-minute scrimmages and they really go at it. It's a war, but they get a lot from being able to challenge each other. We have D-1 elite kids going at each other at every position in practice. You have no choice but to improve.
"You can't have an off day," Fulford added. "If you don't come into practice ready to play, you are going to get embarrassed."
Kingsley is a Nigerian native who got to return to his homeland for the first time in three years in August and ended up contracting malaria while there.
He lost around 20 pounds due to the illness.
"That was the biggest thing – to get him healthy, get his weight back up and getting his legs back under him," Fulford said. "It took him a little while to get adjusted, but he's back now at full strength and playing well."
Fulford has set some goals for player development for Kingsley.
"You know what he brings to the table defensively, where he is fantastic," Fulford said. "The one thing we are trying to do is get his offensive skills to come along and get stronger at the base so he can be more effective in the post. He has made great progress on that end."
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