That's the description SMU head coach Larry Brown gave for his freshmen class earlier this week. And there is no doubt that Ben Moore is one of the hardest working players on the team.
The 6-foot-8, 185-pound forward out of the Chicago-area has made his presence felt early on. Throughout the last couple of weeks, Moore has earned praise from the upperclassmen for his work ethic and commitment.
Moore is always the first one in the gym and the last one to leave. During practice, he never gets yelled at and does little things right. As assistant coach K.T Turner put it, Moore is ‘a coach's dream.'
"When it comes to basketball, it's all about putting in the extra time. I've been putting in a lot of extra work before and after practice and it the weight room so I can be the best player I can be," Moore said. "And in the classroom, I've really buckled down and have been studying hard."
Moore's attitude resembles that of Brown in terms of his passion for the game and pride he takes in his craft. So it comes as no surprise, Moore has gravitated towards Brown during his first few months on campus.
"Every coach has really helped me out with adjusting. But playing for Coach Brown is really special," he said. "The thing about it is you're learning everyday. I think the best thing I've taken from him is playing defense and working hard. He's big on defense, and that's what I've really been working on."
Before last summer, very few people knew who Moore was. But he busted onto the scene with the Derrick Rose All-Stars and picked up offers from schools such as Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri, Northwestern and more.
SMU and Brown also got in the mix when he personally flew up to Bolingbrook to see Moore in action. Brown's legacy piqued Moore's interest and the relationship he built with him over the fall as well as his official visit, sealed the deal.
"The coaching staff was a big thing," Moore said. "But I really enjoyed my official visit. I had a great time with the players, and I really felt at home. I related to all the players well, and I just felt like it was a good fit for me."
Being far away from his family is tough, but Moore is adjusting well on the court and in the classroom on the Hilltop.
"I like school because of its small size and the small class sizes," he said. "Basketball wise, it's been great so far. I love my teammates, coaches and everybody around the program. It's been great so far."
Moore is somewhat of a tweener who could play the three or the four. Either way, Moore's non-stop motor and athleticism will make it hard for him not to see the floor as a true freshman.
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