MU Commit Steve Moore Reacts to Denmon Commit

Lost in the excitement about the commitment of Marcus Denmon to Missouri is the fact that Mizzou now has grabbed two excellent Kansas City prospects who play for a powerhouse K.C. Pump & Run program. InsideMizzou checked in with Steve Moore, Denmon's AAU teammate and MU's first commitment in the Class of '08, for his thoughts on Denmon and an update on everything else.

"I'm really happy about Marcus coming. I have been hoping he would join me," said Moore, a rising senior at Truman High in Inpendence, who committed to MU earlier this summer. "We play pretty well together, and once we get there I think we'll get our chemistry down."

We asked Moore for a scouting report on the 6-foot-2 scorer from Hogan Prep, and his response was pretty much the same as everyone else's.

"Marcus, he is a guy who can score any time he wants to," Moore said of Denmon, who averaged more than 30 points per game last season. "He plays ‘D' and I like the way he shoots. I've got a lot of respect for him."

"The point guard from Florida [Miguel Paul] sounds like a reall good player too," he continued. "I'm really excited about getting there and practicing together and playing together and going to class, everything."

Regardless of whether you call him a center or forward, the 235-pound Moore will play the post at Mizzou. He's a good looking prospect because of his ability to run the floor, grab rebounds and block shots. But he knows where he needs to improve.

"I would like to become a better shooter and expand my offensive arsenal," he said, acknowledging that most of his points – he averaged 18 points, 13 rebounds and four blocks last season -- come from layups and putbacks.

Though he might be able to get away with listing himself at 6-9, he also has no problem saying how tall he is, unlike many players these days.

"I'm 6-8," he said. "Ain't no point in lying about it."

Moore would like to become a law enforcement officer and hopes to tailor his academic career at MU around that. He's also hoping for a big senior season at Truman.

"We're gonna be pretty good. It's just gonna be my job to carry the team when I have to, and just go outside my game, It's about time for me to step up to the plate."

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