Shelby Moats To Get Stanford Visit Tuesday

Shelby Moats, a 6-foot-8, 220-pound junior forward from Waconia (MN) High, will receive a visit from Stanford Tuesday. Moats is having an outstanding season, leading the Wildcats to a 20-3 start. GoldenSports.Net caught up with Moats this weekend to learn the latest on his recruitment

Shelby Moats is averaging 20.7 points per game and has scored in double figures in all 23 contests. He has scored 20 or more points 14 times with a season-best 32 points against Watertown-Mayer.

Moats has scholarship offers from Utah, Wisconsin-Green Bay, William & Mary and Wisconsin-Milwaukee and is hearing from 30 to 35 schools, according to Minnesota Pump N Run coach Jeremy Miller. GoldenSports>Net caught up with Moats after the De La Salle-Benidle St. Margaret gaem Saturday afternoon and learn more about new schools recruiting him.

"A lot of the Ivy League schools. Creighton called. Washington State and a lot of the same ones."

Moats said that he is pleased with his team's play so far this season.

"We are doing really well as a team. If it is not one guy scoring one night, it's another guy. We are 20-3 right now and it is all because of team play. We are starting to play some defense, which helps. We are blowing out teams and it is a good feeling to come out with a win most nights."

Moats got a chance to check out their possible section final opponent in Benidle, which lost a heartbreaker to De La Salle Saturday.

"They are a good team, but De La Salle obviously played really well tonight. We have a chance, like any other team. I think that if we play well and play some lock-down defense and get out on their shooters and some those who drive, we have a good shot to win."

Moats averaged 13.8 points per game as a sophomore as he led the Wildcats to an 18-8 mark. He scored in double figures in 20 of 26 games and had a season-best 28 points versus Mound-Westonka. Waconia was upset in the first round of the section playoffs by Holy Angels 48-46, something that is a motivating factor for the team this season.

"Yes, for sure. If we play them again this year, we will be ready for them. We are ready for anyone. Obviously, I want to go farther than we did last year. Everyone is pushing for state. Hopefully, we can get there."

Moats is continuing to work hard to improve himself as a player.

"Always got to work o0n my dribbling and ballhandling skills. Continue to work on different low post moves and my shooting, I work on that a lot, too. My overall game, it all needs work."

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 Minnesota football game on an unofficial visit this past fall.

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