DeMatha Catholic is a storied program that has consistently pumped out, not only high-level Division-I players, but also NBA players like Victor Oladipo and Jerami Grant.
Last year it was Markelle Fultz that stole the show as a senior at the school in Hyattsville, Md. But with Fultz set to begin his freshman season at Washington, Mike Jones has a new batch of players set to hit the court in the WCAC, arguably the best high school league in the country.
In DeMatha’s history only 13 players have played four years of varsity at the school, a task that not even Fultz could accomplish. But rising sophomore Justin Moore, who came off the bench last season, is on pace to be named in that group and according to Jones is primed for a breakout season for the Stags.
"I feel like Justin has worked incredibly hard and will show this season that he is one of the top guard prospects in the DMV and in his class nationally," Jones said.
“I bring to the table an all around player, who plays as hard as he can and gets his players involved and is a playmaker,” Moore said when asked to describe his game.
During his freshman season and playing for Team Takeover during the spring, Moore showed the ability to play both on and off the ball. He also proved himself as a shooter, scorer and competitor.
“I see myself as a combo, whatever the coach needs I can bring it up and play the one or spot up and player two,” Moore said.
“I’m working on becoming faster and more athletic and becoming a better leader because I’m going to have a bigger role,” he added.
Already a fairly big name in the area, Moore, who stands 6-foot-2, has begun to develop a reputation with college coaches. Xavier is his only scholarship offer to date, but Virginia, Maryland, Wake Forest and Stanford have shown interest.
“I definitely want to go to UVa and Maryland,” Moore said when asked about possible visits.
“They’ve definitely been checking on me with my AAU coaches about how I’m doing.”
Although Moore already has a handful of interested parties the list is sure to grow during his sophomore campaign.