Ben Moore Player Profile
Size: 6-8, 205
High School: Moore was an all-state honorable mention while averaging 16 points, 11 rebounds, three assists and 2 steals as a senior.
Hometown: Bolingbrook, Illinois
Recruitment: A three-star player coming out of high school, Moore held offers from Illinois, Colorado State, Minnesota and Missouri. It wasn’t until his senior year that things really picked up for him and by then he had already developed a strong relationship with SMU coach Larry Brown. So Moore came to the Hilltop.
Ben Moore averaged 7.1 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 1.9 assists a game over 34 games last season. He had 10 points or more in 12 games, eight rebounds or more in seven games, and two blocks or more in 11 games. When you consider he started off the season with 22 points and nine rebounds against Lamar, then followed it up 11 points against Gonzaga and 16 against Indiana, you kind of expected more from him. Yet even before Markus Kennedy returned to the lineup, he struggled a little bit. He went from this very confident—almost emerging star—to just another solid spark player. It’ wasn’t as if he had a terrible season—those numbers are solid. The fans should expect a little more from him, and so should he. Hopefully last season serves as a building block for his junior season.
Outlook in 2015
Like I mentioned above, Moore seemed to have a little more to give and we’ll see if another summer of work has helped him tap even more into that potential he has. It seemed like a tough task getting guys enough time on the court last season and with Jordan Tolbert and Semi Ojeleye basically replacing Yanick Moreira’s and Cannen Cunningham’s minutes, the front court looks to be just as crowded. With Moreira and Cunningham leaving, SMU loses some height in the front court and will need to rely on its athleticism to trump any size disadvantages it may encounter. That’s where Moore can be a huge help. At 6-8 205 he is athletic and rangy. Moore is one of SMU’s better defenders, and can cover multiple positions. However, we saw him get outmuscled a couple times by some bigger fours and more athletic fives down the stretch last year. If Moore can get into a groove earlier in games and build some confidence, it will go a long way for the success of this team.