HOOPS: Will sought PF join Bone in Pullman?

WASHINGTON STATE HAS liberally restocked their backcourt under Ken Bone in just a short period of time through the recruiting process. The front court, however, is where work remains. One of the targets, a 6-8, 230-pound power forward from Waconia, Minn., has received 20-plus offers since his recruitment began. He visited Pullman recently, and it wasn't what he was expecting.

Shelby Moats originally thought he'd like more of a big city type atmosphere in choosing a college. That was before he took in the sights and sounds of the Palouse.

"I really liked the college atmosphere. Pullman, Washington is a (college town) but the campus is around 20,000 students, they all go out and support everything – everyone knows the basketball team, the football team – it's really welcoming there," said Moats.

Moats this summer played for the 17-and-under Minnesota PumpNRun team. His AAU coach was quoted in the Indiannapolis Star as lauding "picture-perfect form" shooting from outside and how he's also adept at playing defense. Over his junior campaign At Waconia High, the southpaw averaged 21.2 points and 10 boards, hitting 45-of-109 from 3-point land (41 percent).

Moats said one of the more important considerations to his decision – a decision that remains far from decided – will be his future teammates. He spent a couple days getting to know the players at WSU.

"I really like those guys. And I'm kind of an outgoing person so I make friends easily," said Moats.

Style of play likely won't factor in as much as do other considerations, he said, though he does prefer up-tempo.

"Me being a shooter, shooters can find shots – in any offense I think coaches look to find shots for their shooters," said Moats.

AMONG THE COMPETITION Washington State faces is Northwestern, where Moats visited this past weekend. Moats, a straight-A student, said both the WSU and Northwestern staffs were top notch.

"I really like the Washington State staff. They've been recruiting me for a while now, they're up there… and the Northwestern people are really great too," said Moats.

Moats didn't want to compare and contrast the visits to WSU and Northwestern, other than to say he liked them both – a lot.

"(WSU) went well. There were different things I like about each school (recruiting me) and that's what makes the decision hard… I was hoping to get the feeling where I just knew, but both schools were really good. It's going to be a tough decision," said Moats.

Moats added that hanging out with the Northwestern players was the highlight of his visit. He said school hadn't started up again yet at Northwestern, so not everyone was back in town, but he nevertheless found much to like.

"It was a good time, I had a really good time with the guys. I was able to experience the campus and being with the coaches. It was good," said Moats.

More visits to more schools look to be probable, and he might not be ready to make his decision for a while yet.

"It's a good struggle. I talked to my AAU coach today and he said everything about this is good. It may be confusing, but schools want me…I would like to get it out of the way before my senior basketball season (November). It could be two months, it could be two weeks. I need to be at a point where I'm comfortable with my decision. It's not going to be spontaneous," said Moats.


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