2016 Prospect Receiving Recruiting Attention

While your average basketball fan may not have heard of Adrian Moore, diehard basketball recruiting fans and college coaches throughout the nation are very familiar with the talented Conway (AR) High School freshman.

  • Name: Adrian Moore
  • Classification: 2016
  • High School: Conway (AR) High School
  • AAU Team: DunkDog Elite
  • Position: Shooting Guard
  • HT-WT: 6-foot-4, 170
  • Colleges of Interest: Nation-wide interest

  • "The scouting services such as HoopScoop and others like them that have seen him like (Adrian's) athleticism and his on-ball defense," said Dennis Moore, his dad and also an assistant coach for Adrian's AAU team, Gabe Corchiani's DunkDog Elite, a team based in New Orleans, LA that won the Eighth Grade Amateur Athletic Association Division 1 National Championship this past summer. "He is also very long with a long wing-span. His lateral quickness is very good. He also has the ability to get to the basket and create his own shots. He also shoots the ball well from the 15 to 18-foot range."

    As for college coaches, they also like what they have seen from the youngster.

    "We've gone to Baylor and Arkansas for unofficial visits," said Dennis. "The coaches that we have talked to who have seen his video like his defense, like his aggressiveness, his quickness, his explosiveness, how he finishes at or above the rim on a regular basis. They also like his overall attitude and that he is a great student."

    During one of his unofficial visits, Adrian received a verbal scholarship offer from one of the colleges.

    "We sat down with (Head) Coach (Mike) Anderson (of Arkansas) for about 40 minutes and that is when he offered Adrian a scholarship," said Dennis.

    Adrian knew at that moment his hard work had finally paid off.

    "(The offer) really opened my eyes and basically let me know that there are people out there that really like my game," said the youngster. "It was just a great feeling knowing that somebody is showing interest in me. Receiving letters gives me kind of the same feeling although it's not as great as (receiving an offer) but it's still up there."

    The letters that he mentioned are coming from colleges throughout the nation.

    "He's gotten letters from Baylor, Georgetown, Arkansas, Kansas, UConn, Florida," said Dennis. "Memphis has shown a lot of interest in him. We have heard, through a couple of other AAU coaches, that Mississippi State is also interested in him."

    Adrian, while appreciative of the offer and letters, understands he's still just a freshman with a lot of work ahead of him to be the type player that he wants to be.

    "I really like that I have received an offer and received letters but I still have to stay humble and continue working so I can get better," he said.

    When Dennis reflected back on what he saw from his son at an early age, it's not really surprising that Adrian is receiving this type of recruiting attention.

    "When I first noticed that he was going to be something special was when we were at the 6th grade nationals in Virginia Beach," he said. "We were playing a team out of San Antonio, Texas and Adrian stole the ball about three-quarters of the court on the opposite end. He took off down the court with the kid running right beside him, then, at about the dotted line he took off and dunked it like a man. All the kids on the other team, the players on his team, me, his coaches; we were all shocked. Parents were high-fiving each other. After he did it, he wasn't pounding his chest or looking at me. It was kind of like he had done it before. That was when I knew he had something special about him."

    With college coaches lining up to recruit this youngster, it's very probable he'll have a large number of colleges to choose from. While it's still very early in the recruiting process, there are some things that Adrian is looking for in a college.

    "What he tells me is he wants to play for a basketball school," said Dennis Moore. "He wants to play for a school where the basketball program is equal to or better than the football program. I'm not sure why he says that but he's a 16-year-old who plays basketball. And they look at things differently than we do. But that's what he's always said."

    It's not just about the school with Adrian, he also wants the type coach who will push him to be the best.

    "I want a coach who is like a critic," said Adrian. "I like coaches who let me know when I'm doing something wrong. I don't want a coach who just pats me on the back when I do wrong and tells me that I will get it right the next time. I like coaches who get in my face, yell at me and push me to do better."

    According to Dennis Moore, education is also very important to Adrian.

    "He is a straight-A student," said Dennis. "Academics are very important to him. Basketball can carry you so far but your education can take you much farther. My wife and I stressed that to him."

    And Adrian has listened to his parents.

    "My dad has taught me how to be a well-educated man," he said.

    Where he will get that education on the next level is still up in the air, though.

    "Adrian is very, very open," said Dennis. "He has a few schools that he likes but he's very, very open. (With him) being four years (away from signing with a college), a lot could happen in those four years."

    Keep it on GenesPage.com as we continue to follow Adrian Moore's recruitment during the course of those four years.

    Below are YouTube highlights of Adrian Moore during his 6th grade season.

    Gene Swindoll is the publisher of the GenesPage.com website, the source for Mississippi State sports on Scout.com sports network. You can contact him by emailing swindoll@genespage.com.

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