Moses Alipate Gets Early Recruiting Interest

Moses Alipate, a 6-foot-6, 210-pound sophomore from Bloomington (MN) Jefferson, is one of the top two-sports athletes in Minnesota's Class of 2009. Alipate was a sixth man for the Jaguars, who advanced to the state tournament. The son of former NFL player Tuineau Alipate is also a quarterback. GoldenSports.Net recently caught up with Alipate to learn the latest on his recruitment.

Moses Alipate helped lead Jefferson to a 23-6 record this season as they advanced to the Minnesota Class AAAA State tournament. He averaged 8.9 points per game this season and scored in double figures in 10 of 29 games, including three of their four playoff contests. Alipate scored 16 points in the section finals against Minnetonka and had 14 in their state tournament loss to Apple Valley.

Alipate completed 79 of 187 pass for 892 yards with 13 interceptions and three touchdowns for the Jaguars, who finished 0-9 this season.

GoldenSports.Net recently caught up with Alipate after practicing with his AAU team Howard Pulley to learn the latest on his recruitment.

What schools are you hearing from?
"Right now, I am get a lot of letters from Wisconsin. I guess basically the Big Ten and the Pac-10, but that is mostly for football. I'm having fun during the whole recruiting process."
This year, you had some different roles. You started at times and at the season, you came off the bench as a sixth man to provide a spark. Was it an adjustment?
"It was whatever would help the team win. My coach told that I need to be playing the "spark" guy, the hustle-around-the-court guy. That is what I tried to do, to provide a spark for everyone. For the most part, I did not really mind not starting. It gave me a chance to see everyone else play and see what they are not doing and see what else I could do to help."
You had some good games down the stretch, especially against Apple Valley in the state tournament. Did that help build your confidence even more for the spring and summer and next season?
"I think that anytime you have a big game, it is going to help your confidence. That definitely played a big role in that. It gives me a confidence boost going into summer, just knowing that you had a streak of playing well. 
You will lose Metro Player of the Year Cole Aldrich and some other key seniors. Have you thought much about next year's team?
"You always think what would you do if Cole was not there. It is kind of hard not seeing a seven-footer in the lane and throwing him an alley-oop. He is a great guy and we are going to miss him a lot. It will be hard to adjust to, but I think that we will do a good job."
You will be busy with AAU Basketball this summer. Are you doing much for football camps this summer?
"I am going to a couple of camps. I am going to the USC and UCLA camps. I'm looking forward to those, but I am mainly focusing on basketball right now."

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