Ben Moore Player Profile
Size: 6-8, 205
High School: As a senior, Moore was an all-state honorable mention while averaging 16 points, 11 rebounds, three assists and 2 steals. As a junior he averaged 18 points 8 rebounds and 4 blocks.
Hometown: Bolingbrook, Illinois
Recruitment: Moore was rated as a three-star player coming out of high school and held offers from Illinois, Colorado State, Minnesota and Missouri, among others. Moore did not start to receive heavy interest from schools until his senior year, but by that point, he had already developed a strong relationship with SMU coach Larry Brown, which helped the Mustangs secure a commitment. In the end, it was SMU’s head coach and academics that made the difference for Moore and his family.
Overall, Moore had a successful freshman campaign on the hilltop. Over the course of the season in which Moore played in all 37 games and averaged 6.2 points and 3.6 rebounds, the rising sophomore’s confidence grew every game. Moore brought athleticism, energy and length to the court every time he subbed in, but you really can’t measure his productivity by just his numbers. Moore was one of the better defenders on the team because of his length, but his timidness hurt him some on the offensive side of that ball. Moore also got pushed around some on the defensive side of the ball because of his lack of weight.
Outlook in 2014
SMU fans should expect to see an increase in minutes and productivity from Ben Moore this season. Moore, who has put on 20 pounds, is finally starting to come into his frame nicely and no longer looks like the scrawny kid he was coming out of high school. Moore not only spent time this summer in the weight room, but also on the court developing his offensive game. Even just from practices this fall, you can tell Moore’s confidence has skyrocketed on both sides of the ball. He’s shooting the ball from inside and outside of the paint with confidence and he’s being more aggressive with his decision-making. With Markus Kennedy’s eligibility being called into question, Moore could even be asked to step into the starting lineup and contribute even more. And with little depth at the point guard position, don’t be surprised to see Ben Moore handling the ball some after Nic Moore and Ben Emelogu. At the end of the day, expect Ben Moore to make a name for himself this season.