SUWANEE, Ga. - As one of the bright young high school basketball stars in Arkansas, North Little Rock junior Adrian Moore is getting plenty of recruiting attention.
If he keeps playing the way he is at the Under Armour Association Finals, the drumbeat to his door is just going to keep getting louder.
Moore (6-4, 180) had one of the plays of the tournament so far while playing for Louisiana Elite when he dunked Thursday over 6-10, 250-pound center Diamond Stone, regarded by some as the nation's top prospect in the 2015 class.
“I went at him hard,” Moore said. “I'm playing very well right now. I am scoring a lot more and I have to give that to my jump shot. I'm been shooting the heck of the ball, scoring a lot. All of my hard work is paying off and it is really helping the team.”
He came back with 11 points on Thursday night in his team's 58-46 loss to KC Run GMC, who was led by Arkansas target Jimmy Whitt's 18 points.
Moore recently got an offer from Wake Forest and new head coach Danny Manning to go along with ones from LaSalle and Baylor while he is drawing interest from Arkansas, Vanderbilt and California among others.
“It happened on Father's Day when I was with my dad and my grandfather and we were having a cookout so that made it kind of special,” Moore said. “It was also the first day that colleges could call. I had a lot of phone calls coming in and coaches saying that were going to watch me in July and do more evaluation.
“One of the last phone calls that I got was from Wake Forest and I was talking to one of the assistants,” Moore added. “He said 'hey, Coach Manning is right here and really wants to talk to you.' He handed Coach Manning the phone and he told me a little bit about the program, that he likes my game and that 'you are what I need and that I am telling you right now that you have an offer.' I almost dropped the phone when he said that because it was so exciting."
Arkansas – who was on hand to watch Moore on Thursday in the form of assistant T.J. Cleveland has not officially offered Moore yet per his dad Dennis, but Razorback head coach Mike Anderson has told both something that would lead one to think an offer is forthcoming.
“Coach Anderson told me in the ninth grade that he was not going to let me go anywhere, that I was going to stay in-state,” Moore said. “They certainly are in the top for me. I text (Arkansas assistant) Coach (Melvin) Watkins all the time and our relationship is getting stronger. Coach Anderson loves me and I love his coaching style and I love what he has done for the state of Arkansas.
“I look forward to seeing what he does in the future, I am behind him and I would love to be a part of that,” Moore added.
Moore had spent most of his summer playing for the New Orleans Elite, but is with the Louisiana Elite this weekend.
“This is my first tournament with these guys because I was playing with New Orleans Elite, but left that over some things that were off the court issues,” Moore said. “I have started playing with these diverse team. I love the coaches and the organization and the chemistry is really showing out there on the court.”
The Charging Wildcats lost point guard and Arkansas signee Anton Beard, but North Little Rock will be going for its third straight Class 7A title with Moore and seniors K.J. Hill and KeVaughn Allen returning.
“We lost Anton – who was like a true point guard and really didn't play any other spot,” Moore said. “We have me, K.J. and KeVaughn and we all can handle the ball, play the two guard and even the high post if we need to. I think we can do anything that we need to do and we are just going to work to try and get another state title.”
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