University of Arkansas basketball signee Brandon Moore will be having a bit of a Bluegrass Christmas.
That's because Moore (6-9, 220) and his New Orleans (La.) Holy Cross team will spend Christmas Day traveling to Kentucky for the King of the Bluegrass Holiday Classic.
Moore, averaging 19 points, 16 rebounds and 6 blocks this season, is one of several Division I signees who will be on hand for the event Dec. 26-29 in Fairdale, Ky.
"We'll get up there Christmas Night and then be playing the next few days," Moore said. "I am really looking forward to it and it looks like it is going to be some great competition."
Holy Cross is 8-6 on the season, but hs won 6 of it last 9 games after getting all their players out after football season was over.
The Tigers will cap the first day's action when they take on Berkmar (Ga.) High at 9 p.m.
"It seems like this season at times that we have only gotten really up for the big games and that is something we have to get out of," Moore said. "I know we will all be up for this anyway."
Holy Cross started out 0-2 and 2-3 before getting things rolling.
One of those first games matched Moore up with his best friend – Georgetown signee and Helen Cox star Greg Monroe, regarded as the nation's best player.
Helen Cox won the game over short-handed Holy Cross.
"Greg and I basically just canceled each other out, but he has more players than we did out there that night," Moore said. "I think I had 20 points, 16 rebounds and 7 blocks and he had 20 points, 12 rebounds and 2 blocks. It was a lot of fun, but I would have liked to have won the game."
Moore has the ability to knock down 3-pointers, but has been spending most of his time working on his inside game.
"A lot of times we'll spread the floor and go iso and I'll pop out on the wing and take my man," Moore said. "But more often than not, I am down inside getting it done, either getting myself a good shot or drawing a double team and kicking it out to a teammate for an open shot."
Moore has gotten a chance to watch the Razorbacks (9-3) on a couple of occasions this season.
"I got to watch one of their games in Puerto Rico and some of their game with Oklahoma," Moore said. "I also heard a lot about their big win over Missouri and I think they are playing really well."
A Bluegrass Christmas
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