Steve Moore is a Missouri Tiger!

Missouri's staff has landed its first commitment of the highly anticipated 2008 basketball recruiting class. Tigers fans, say hello to future Mizzou forward Steve Moore.

Moore, a 6-foot-8, 235-pound post player from Truman High in Independence, Mo., wasted little time jumping on a recent offer from the Mizzou staff, to whom he pledged his commitment while in Columbia Wednesday afternoon.

"I just had a really good feeling about it. I wanted to go to the Big 12 and I really liked all the coaches and players, and trusted in what they were telling me. So I went for it," Moore told

Moore averaged more than 18 points,13 rebounds and four blocks per game as a junior and has made steady improvement between every season, thus earning him a label as a high-upside prospect. The big lefty is an excellent shot-blocker, runs the floor very well for his size and rebounds relentlessly. His offensive game is still coming around, but there are few questions about his overall ability and potential.

Virginia, Washington State and several Missouri Valley programs had offered Moore a scholarship, while Kansas, Iowa and Iowa State were keeping close tabs. Moore, who grew up a KU fan, said he couldn't have envisioned the possibility of committing to Mizzou if you asked him about it year ago.

"[But] the way they were talking to me," he said, "I really trust the coaching staff and they've been really good to me."

Moore appears to be an outstanding fit in coach Mike Anderson's frenetic system, and that was a factor in his decision. Asked to rate his excitement about committing on a 1-to-10 scale, he said, "A twelve."

"Just getting to play at a D-one school – I'm the first person in my family to play at a DI school, so it's really exciting for me," he said.

It was also a bit bittersweet; Moore lost his mother to cancer last November, and it's been a difficult road getting to this point.

"After all I've been through the last year, it's a big relief," Moore said. "I had a lot of people doubting me and saying I'd never amount to anything and I'd be a bust, and now here I am."

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