Moore's Dream Comes True

When he transferred from Conway to North Little Rock, sophomore Adrian Moore's dream was to be playing and winning Thursday's 7A state championship game and that's exactly what happened

Soon after transferring to North Little Rock from Conway, sophomore Adrian Moore (6-4, 170) had a dream.

It ended with the Charging Wildcats (25-2) winning the Class 7A title over Springdale 89-81 Thursday night in Hot Springs.

"I remember going to sleep and having the dream and it being a lot like what has actually happened," Moore said.

Moore is one of at least four Division I prospects on North Little Rock's basketball roster along with Arkansas point guard signee Anton Beard (6-1, 180), junior KeVaughn Allen and junior K.J. Hill (6-1, 180) – an elite prospect in both football and basketball.

"It's been amazing playing with these guys," Moore said. "It's worked out just as I thought it would. We came together pretty well at the start, but now we are really playing well together at just the right time. That has allowed us to really beat up on some teams this year just because of our individual talent, but also when we have needed to play together against the tougher teams, we have done that."

Beard had 29 points and was named the MVP of the torunament after the win on Thursday.

Beard and Allen had 28 points each on Monday when the Charging Wildcats downed Bentonville 77-64 Monday before a packed house in a semifinal that also featured sophomore Marcus Monk, who had 30 points in the contest.

Ironically, it was played at Cownway – Moore's old school.

"That was an unreal atmosphere," Moore said. "We used to have big crowds there, but never one that was absolutely packed and the fire marshal had to turn people away. It was just amazing."

Moore, who jump-started North Little Rock Friday with 7 of his 10 points in the first quarter of a quarterfinal win over West Memphis, knows that beating Springdale won't be an easy task.

The Charging Wildcats beat the Red Bulldogs 69-57 in an earlier meeting this season at the Fort Smith Coke Classic.

"They have a lot of quickness like us, a couple of real physical players and I could tell that they were really well-coached when we played them the first time," Moore said. "They have some guys that can really attack the rim. We will have to keep them out of the paint and make them take mid-range jumpers. We are just going to have to come ready to play. It will be a good game."

Moore has offers from Arkansas and Baylor and is also getting interest from several others schools.

"I got the offers from Arkansas and Baylor and interest from Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Memphis, Uconn, Georgetown and Iowa recently came into the picture," Moore said. "A lot of teams are showing interest and I am just enjoying ride right now.

He'll be playing AAU basketball this summer for the Adidas -sponsored New Orleans Elite and remains very interested in Arkansas.

"Coach Mike Anderson has been to most all of our games it seems like," Moore said. "I have been up there a couple games, including the Florida one...Arkansas has been more aggressive this season. I think they were aggressive last year, but not to this level. I guess they were just scratching the surface.

"I guess they have more mature players this season and then you have (freshman) Bobby (Portis) come in he's been great and putting in effort and hard work. They are getting it done, even winning road games.

"I am anxious to see them in the NCAA Tournament and I think they will make it this time," Moore added. "I think they have a great future ahead of them."

Anderson has made it clear that he wants all of North Little Rock's stars and the state's other top talent to be a part of that future.

"He said 'you know you are going to play for me,'" Moore said. "He wants the great talent in Arkansas to stay in Arkansas and get another (NCAA) championship for our state."





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