A year ago, Quadri Moore was playing second fiddle to elite prospect Karl Towns when Sports U made its run in the Hoop Group Pittsburgh Jam Fest.
With Towns at the Nike Hoop Summit over the weekend, though, Moore had to play a bigger role. And he came through in a major way, helping lead Sports U (N.J.) to the 17U title.
“I'm trying to help my team win,” Moore said after a weekend game. “Find it in myself what I'm capable of doing and showing everybody what I can do.”
Moore, a 6-foot-9 big man from Linden (N.J.), looks much improved from a year ago. He is more muscular and mobile now, consistently knocking down shots from behind the arc. He is also effective around the rim, using his strength and size to overpower players in the paint.
When Moore is focused, he can be a matchup nightmare for most opponents.
“I feel I've been playing pretty good,” Moore said.
Ranked in the top five among centers in the class of 2014, Moore is a coveted prospect.
“Just a good program, good academics,” he said when asked what he's looking for in a school. “Location isn't really a problem for me.”
Moore is No. 84 in the 247 Sports Composite rankings.