Moore For Hillhouse Wing

Mike Moore is a guy that was little-known outside of the state of Connecticut. However, that is likely to change after the 6-foot-4 1/2 senior wing was arguably the best player in the gym last Wednesday among New England's elite. Not only did he put up 27 in the all-star game, but he also canned 18 of 25 shots from long-range in a 3-point contest.

Mike Moore's life changed a little more than a year ago when his friend and workout partner, Stanley Myers, died suddenly of heart failure.

``It was a total shock and made me want to work harder," said the 6-foot-4 ½, 185-pound senior shooting guard out of Hillhouse (Conn.). "Not to take things for granted because you never know."

Myers was from Connecticut and was preparing to play at Morgan State.

``Back in the day, people said that I didn't play hard every game," added Moore. "Since Stanley died, I play every game like it's my last."

That was never more apparent than last week when Moore was arguably the best player in the gym at the New England Elite 75 Showcase. Moore went for a game-high 27 points in the all-star game and was nearly unstoppable, making shots from all over the floor. He also tied for the camp lead by making 18 of 25 shots from long distance in a 3-point shooting contest.

However, the one area of Moore's arsenal that stands out the most is his mid-range game.

Moore averaged a little more than a dozen points per game this past season for a state champion squad at Hillhouse that was balanced. He still needs to get stronger and make sure he stays aggressive and assertive, but he's smooth and is a natural scorer.

Moore said that, after playing this past spring and summer with the Connecticut Basketball Club, he has offers from nearly all of the in-state schools (excluding UConn): Quinnipiac, Central Connecticut State, Fairfield, Sacred Heart – along with Stonybrook. Fordham has also expressed interest – as has Richmond and the College of Charleston.

``After watching him play in the spring at our gym and seeing him play last week, he's a totally different player," South Kent coach Raphael Chillious said. "He used to be just a spot-up shooter, but he did a lot of things last week that I haven't seen him do – like put the ball on the floor and pass the ball. He has to be one of the top two or three high school kids in the state."

``I think that I'm under the radar," Moore said.

Especially for a guy that already has qualified with a 2.7 GPA and a 950 SAT score.

``I want to go somewhere that plays in a good conference," Moore said. "And I don't really want to stay in Connecticut."

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