Moore loses weight gains versatility

Class of 2014 center Quadri Moore was solid at the Hoop Group Tip Off. Now lighter, Moore should see his recruitment begin to take off.

Class of 2014 center Quadri Moore is one to watch. The Linden (NJ) High School standout has the size and shooting touch to be a match up problem at the next level. At 6-foot-8 and 270 pounds, Moore is an excellent outside shooter, but also possesses the strength to do work on the interior.

Over the summer Moore showed his potential. He was knocking down shots at a high clip, but people were always imploring him to spend more time in the paint and less around the perimeter. Now Moore is beginning to take that advice and is learning to play inside as well as outside.

"I just have to recognize who is defending me," said Moore. "If I have someone smaller on me I will go down low, but if I have a big man on me I will go out to the perimeter where he can't defend me. I am just trying to be versatile."

At the Hoop Group Tip Off, Moore looked noticeably slimmer than he was during the summer, having lost about 20 pounds. Moore says that his new physique has been a major focus.

"My weight has gotten better, I have lost weight," said Moore. "Also I am working on my post moves, that has been a big focus for me."

He continued, "Now that I am lighter I feel like I can move better and I am more agile when I am on the wing."

When it comes to his recruitment, Moore is taking his time. Big East schools such as Seton Hall, Rutgers, and Cincinnati have been linked with him in the past, but it is the Kansas Jayhawks who were in the school to see him most recently.

"It was really good to have them come by," said Moore of Kansas. "Obviously they are a great program and I have heard a lot about them."

Right now Moore is just taking the recruiting attention in stride as he is a younger prospect who is just beginning to feel out the process. Instead his focus is on getting better and helping his team accomplish great things going forward.

"I just try to help my team get wins, and hopefully a state championship," said Moore. "Winning a state championship is our main goal."

For now Moore is trying to be the best player he can, and when it comes to centers in the 2014 class he has some tools to be one of the better ones. Now he just needs to get as comfortable around the rim as he is behind the three point arc.

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