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Feature: Versatile JP Moorman focusing on becoming the complete package for Team CP3

By Ashley WIlliams, D1 Circuit, 04/12/16, 8:45PM EDT


JP Moorman keeps it in the family.

Jaquar “JP” Moorman, born and raised in Greensboro, North Carolina, loves representing his home state. The 6-foot-8 junior swingman is fortunate to play for two of the best teams in his home state school ball and for the grassroots season.

Moorman’s grassroots team in the NIKE EYBL circuit, Team CP3, was founded and is sponsored by current NBA All-Star guard Chris Paul of the Los Angeles Clippers.

“He’s a great guy and a mentor, he really is family-oriented,” said Moorman, on how it is to be a part of Paul’s organization and to have a relationship with him. “He doesn’t give me much athletic advice, but he helped me mature and gave me tons of real life advice.”

Moorman appreciates CP3’s loyalty to him throughout his personal development as a player, which helped lead to him receiving scholarship offers.

“They stuck by my side before I had any offers and they really want to make us men as well as good ball players,” Moorman said.

Team CP3 said goodbye to the nation’s number one player of the 2016 class, Harry Giles. The 2015 NIKE EYBL regular season Most Valuable Player will be suiting up for Duke next season coming off of an unfortunate ACL injury in November.

Moorman’s talent and leadership might easily be considered as replacing the 6-foot-11 powerhouse. When asked if Moorman felt a need to fill the shoes of Giles he praised Giles’ abilities, but respectfully shot down any comparison.

“We aren’t the same player. We are different positions and have different talents,” Moorman said.

Moorman, a small forward, has been praised for his strength and ability to use his size effectively on both ends of the court. Moorman’s versatility allows him to have success at four positions, point guard, shooting guard, small forward and power forward.

“Right after my sophomore high school season, I dropped 25 pounds and got an inch taller,” Moorman on his growth and dedication to stay in shape.

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This gave Moorman confidence in playing in the 16U season and allowed him to learn new things about this game.

Moorman led Greensboro Day in scoring at just over 14 points per game, and brought them all the way to the State Semifinals - a one-point loss to Kentucky-bound Edrice Adebayo and High Point Christian. The lost was tough, but his Bengals finished 28-5 and should be in for a stellar 2016-17.

As far as recruitment goes, Moorman spiked interest with his appearance in the Peach Jam last year. He is receiving medium interest from more than 10 colleges, but has vowed to stay East of the Mississippi River.

A bilingual, diligent student, Moorman is focused on his academic future just as much as his basketball goals.

“I want to have a good career whether basketball is involved or not,” Moorman said.

Moorman looks to study kinesiology in college focusing on becoming a physical therapist.

“I want to be great; I want to be a better man than I am a ball player at the end of the day.”

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