Matt Visinsky

SMU Basketball Player Profile: Ben Moore in leadership role, brings usual versatility

Scott kicks off Pony Stampede's SMU Basketball Player Profile series with senior forward Ben Moore, one of the leaders of the team and a versatile big man.

Position: Forward
Size: 6-8, 205 pounds
Year: Senior
High School: Bolingbrook HS
Hometown: Bolingbrook, IL

Recruitment

The three-star prospect was recruited by several power five schools including Illinois, Minnesota and Missouri.  A visit to in-state school Illinois made for a tough decision, but Moore’s relationship with the SMU staff landed him on the Hilltop when all was said and done.

2015-2016 Recap

Last season, we saw major improvements from Ben Moore, especially on the offensive end of the court.  As a junior, Moore grew in every statistical category, and was second on the team in points per game (11.9) and rebounds per game (7.4).  He also shot 11 percent better than he did as a sophomore, and developed his mid-range shot nicely.  Moore was also stellar on the defensive end of the floor.  He blocked 41 shots on the season, which led the team, and his length consistently made it difficult for some top opponents he played like Daniel Hamilton and Kyle Wiltjer.  With the team missing Larry Brown for the first part of the season, we also saw Moore step up in a big way in the locker room.  He was noticeably more vocal and we saw his teammates around him responding.

Grade: A

2016-2017 Outlook

Now a senior, there’s no reason to believe Moore won’t continue to improve his game.  Look for the Illinois native to once again take a leadership role.  Offensively, we know first year head coach Tim Jankovich has his team playing looser than ever, so Moore should respond nicely to that.  His athleticism should also allow Moore to continue to improve both in space and with his back to the basket.  The senior should continue to stretch the floor even more as he builds off of his improving jump shot. With Nic Moore, Jordan Tolbert and Markus Kennedy all gone, Moore should be SMU’s go-to man in the frontcourt along with Duke transfer Semi Ojeleye. 

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