This past weekend, Bolingbrook (IL) power forward Ben Moore made the trip to SMU along with his parents and high school head coach. Moore is a rising prospect that seems to be getting new offers daily but SMU is the first school to receive an official visit.
"I thought it went really. Ben will have the final say, but I think he really enjoyed it," said Bolingbrook head coach Rob Brost. "He got to watch practice and hang out with guys. Another thing he really liked was learning about the academics at SMU and getting an overall tour of the campus."
While at practice, Moore learned Brown still has a fiery personality and passion for the game of basketball. The 6-foot-7, 200-pounder has developed a strong relationship with Brown throughout the recruiting process but getting to see the Hall of Famer at work was a completely different experience.
"I think all three, Ben, his mom, and his dad all benefitted from watching Coach Brown coach," Brost said. "It was really good for them to see Coach Brown and Coach (Jerrance) Howard in action and how they've built a relationship with their players in such a short time. It was also important for Ben to see how he would fit it on the team."
The quartet of visitors also got to meet with Brown privately and discuss Moore's potential future as a Mustang.
"Obviously, one of the biggest draws to SMU is Coach Brown," Brost said. "Getting to sit down and talk to him for a long while validated the he is committed to being at SMU for a long time. Ben got to hear it for himself and saw the energy and intensity Coach Brown demands at his practices."
Another big factor for Moore, who is an excellent student in the classroom, is the academic prestige a school holds. Moore and his parents were all happy to learn that SMU is one of the top schools in the south.
"Academics are a huge part of SMU and will be a big factor in Ben's decision," Brost said. "I think his family and him really liked learning more about the school. When you talk about Northwestern and SMU, you know your dealing with great academics. We were all impressed."
But something that is a complete non-factor is being away from home.
"No matter what campus your at whether it's in Champaign or Dallas, it's all in a gym and it's all the same," Brost said. "We conveniently live half an hour from the airport that flies you directly to Love Field on the hour. The distance thing is not a factor for Ben."
Moore currently has no other visits planned but schools such as Northwestern, Missouri and Minnesota are all hoping to get the big man on their respective campuses soon.
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