Junior swingman Chris Moore helped guide Woodz Elite's E16 team to the Peach Jam Championship a year ago, and he's looking to take the 17-and-under circuit by storm in 2019.
Moore returns after briefly starring at the 17U level last year, but he spent the majority of his time helping the E16 team rattle off wins in 90 percent of their games. Moore (247 Composite No. 138) is built like a truck and plays with a relentless motor. Moore loves to get in transition and offensive glass.
At 6-foot-7, Moore plays with a lot of bounce around the basket and out-muscles his competition in high school. Moore averaged 13.4 points, 7.2 rebounds, 1.6 assists in five 17U games for Woodz Elite, and he figures to be a constant contender for a double-double in 2019.
D1 caught up with the impressive junior forward, asking him about his the EYBL, what he's trying to improve, and a variety of other questions about his young basketball career.
Q: What will your role be for your squad this spring and summer and how will you guys play overall?
Chris Moore: My role will be the leader. The main guy, not just a scorer, but the glue that brings the team together, the energy guy and the guy to communicate with others when things aren’t going their way. And overall I think we will play great. We have got a few pieces we are adding, but honestly, I think since we’re experienced we could possibly be talking about back to back Peach Jam titles.
What’s the part of your game you’ve worked on or improved the most since last year?
CM: I improved on stretching my game out further than just inside the perimeter, trying to gather all the pieces to become the all-around tweener character, the most crucial part is shooting and being consistent with it.
When did you first realize you could have a future in ball?
CM: My 5th grade year at first like as a kid I grew to like football but then it was the one coach that took me in and saw potential in me and me thinking I’m just going play basketball then go back to football. But then as I was playing rankings came out and I was ranked 15th in the country on coast2coast and I started thinking I could maybe be a little good at this so I should stick to it. Then after that, I just fell in love with the game.
What’s the best aspect of the EYBL in your eyes and how will your experience help you this season?
CM: Probably meeting new people and meeting the best of the best in the country, and I think I would take upon the challenge and realize that every night I’m going against the best in this state or that state so no plays off, out hustle, out work, and outmatch the man they put in front of me. Also learning players and everything will be the key because if I do go to the pros, these are the guys I’m going to see for a while, so I’m going to study them and learn their moves and what I can do to outmatch them.
Which college or nba player do you model your game after most?
CM: Shawn Kemp mixed with a little Lamarcus Aldridge.
Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?
CM: In the NBA trying to see what it takes to become and MVP and an NBA Champion in one season.
What’s your pregame routine like?
CM: It’s to go hard as I can and simulate in-game intensity but also not to use too much energy, stretch a lot and get a lot of shots up to get the feel.
What will It take for you guys to win Peach Jam?
CM: It will take a team effort, knowing that we gone have some hard times but be mentally prepared for anything but as long as we can play as a team and everybody eats nobody in the country can beat us.