Waconia F Shelby Moats Picks Up Fourth Offer

Shelby Moats, a 6-foot-7 junior forward from Waconia (MN) High, has picked up a recent fourth scholarship offer from William & Mary. GoldenSports.Net caught up with Moats Sunday at the Minnetonka Fall League to learn the latest on his recruitment.

Shelby Moats had previously picked up scholarship offers from Utah, Wisconsin-Green Bay and Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He averaged 13.8 points per game as a sophomore as he led the Wildcats to an 18-8 mark, losing to Holy Angels 48-46 in the first round of the section playoffs. Waconia was 5-6 before rolling off twelve straight wins. Moats scored in double figures in 20 of 26 games and had a season-best 28 points versus Mound-Westonka.

Moats played for the very successful Minnesota Pump N Run 16-and-under AAU team that won several top tournaments this spring.

Moats, a 4.0 student, is also hearing from Iowa State, Denver, Butler, Northern Iowa, Colorado State, Minnesota, South Dakota State, Liberty, Penn, Harvard, Princeton, and Iowa. Moats attended camps at Colorado State and Iowa. He has shown more of a face the basket game in the past few months, which has caused his recruitment to pick up.

Moats attended a recent Minnesota football game on an unofficial visit.

William & Mary is the second-oldest institution of higher education in the United States. The Tribe finished 10-20 last year and 5-13 in CAA play. Moats admits that he is not overly familiar with the school.

"I don't know much. I know that they are really nice guys. Assistant Coach Jonathan Holmes has been talking to me a lot and coach (head coach Tony) Shaver called me. I was really surprised when it happened. I didn't even know that teams were still offering right now. It was a nice surprise."

Moats and his Waconia teammates played two games this past Sunday against Winona and Minnetonka. Moats said that playing tough competition has helped in developing chemistry for his young team.

"I think that we figured out this last game that we have to start playing as a team. You can't be individual anymore. These teams are too good, too big to being playing selfishly. Shooting all the time when I want to. I have to make passes, too. We have to just start playing like a team and we are finding that chemistry. It is good."

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