As one of only four "bigs" on the 2008-2009 University of Arkansas basketball roster, former New Orleans (La.) Holy Cross prep star Brandon Moore knows that he had better be ready to play early and often.
That's one of the many reasons that the 6-9, 220-pound Moore got to the University of Arkansas campus as soon as he could in May.
"I knew that I was going to need to get here fast, start learning and be ready to go from day one," Moore said. "I know that five people left and the opportunity to play early was going to be there."
It's been quite the transformation in less than a year for Moore, who was a 6-7, 185-pound small forward playing AAU ball last summer.
He had pushed that to 205 by the end of this high school season and says he is now a solid 220 with certainly a lot more muscle and definition than he toted around on his frame last summer.
"I think that is one of the most important things for me," Moore said. "In just the past few weeks, I have already gained 15 pounds. I can really tell the difference with my explosiveness on the court. The weight room is really one of the main things I am focusing on right now. My goal is to be at 225 by the time the season starts."
Moore, who averaged 16 points, 12 rebounds and 7 blocks per game last season, is one of six new Razorbacks on the roster.
When you add in redshirt freshman Michael Sanchez, that means 7 of the 11 Razorbacks on next season's roster will not have played a minute of college basketball.
"Right now a lot of people are kind of putting us down because they know everybody is young," Moore said. "But I think we are going to shock a lot of people. We are going to be young, fast and quick."
Moore joins junior Michael Washington (6-10, 230), Sanchez (6-9, 235) and fellow true freshman Andre Clark (6-10, 205) as the only interior players for Arkansas.
"It has been crazy because I know that is our future right there with the Razorback team," Moore said. "Everybody is just coming together and doing what we need to do."
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