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.
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
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
"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
"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
"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."