Arkansas Seeks Moore

New Orleans prep basketball star Brandon Moore (6-9, 215), who spent some time in Little Rock after Hurricane Katrina, still has plenty of interst in the University Arkansas and is playing this week in Las Vegas.

LAS VEGAS - Last September, then-junior power forward Brandon Moore took an unofficial visit to the University of Arkansas.

Things have changed quite a bit since then.

Moore (6-9, 215) returned to his hometown of New Orleans from Little Rock, gave up a fling with football and now sees a whole different staff in Fayetteville heading up the Razorbacks.

"Everything's changed for me and all those coaches are gone," Moore said. "I'm just getting to know (UA head) Coach (John) Pelphrey, but I think he's pretty cool.

"I use to come up and play pick-up games with Ronnie Brewer and really like the place," Moore added. "When I stayed in Little Rock after the hurricane, I went up there a lot and really liked the atmosphere. It's definitely going to be one of my official visits."

Moore had 10 points and 5 rebounds in his Texas Blue Chips squad's loss to Southeast Elite in the fifth-place game of the Reebok Finish Cup Summer Championship.

It's was a power bracket held over the last two days and now Moore and his teammates move into the regular phase of the Reebok event being held here this week.

"We've played okay, but we need to pick it up on the defensive end," Moore said.

Arkansas is just one of several schools recruiting Moore, who is also being followed this week by coaches from Kentucky, Tennessee, Louisville, Oklahoma, Wake Forest Baylor, Illinois, Texas A&M and Xavier among others.

"I haven't set up any of my official visits yet," Moore said. "I'll start doing that about the time school starts. I may actually wait and sign late."

Moore averged 16 points, 7 rebounds and 4 blocks last season for Holy Cross, which made it to the third round of the state tournament and has high hopes for this season.

"The whole team is coming back this year so we think we have a great chance to win state," Moore said. "It should be an exciting year all around."

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