LAS VEGAS – When watching Doral Moore, it's easy to see why he's so intriguing. The 7-footer from Luella (Ga.) has terrific length and is a very good athlete – giving him a potentially higher ceiling than many guys in the class of 2015.
The key going forward is for Moore to be a bit more aggressive. He averaged just 6.3 points on the Under Armour AAU circuit with Atlanta Xpress, but demonstrated at the LeBron James Skills Academy that he is looking to be a face-up four-man.
If he begins to knock down mid-range jumpers consistently, he could be a matchup nightmare or opposing bigs.
“I feel like they might be a little bit stronger than me or a little bit bigger, but I have my length and athleticism,” Moore said.
A handful of schools are standing out to Moore right now: Ohio State, Kentucky, Illinois, Wake Forest and Florida.
Moore took us through each school in terms of what he likes.
Ohio State: “They have great academics. I'm an inside person, but I like to stretch out and shoot. They'll put me at a stretch-four and I like that. I don't like to just sit inside and post up. I like to step outside a little bit more.”
Kentucky: “You saw what they did with Anthony Davis and a couple of their other bigs. If I go there, there's no telling what I could do or how good I could get. Probably my first year or second, I can get to the league. They can get me there.”
Illinois: “I can come in and start as a freshman. I would be pretty much the main focus if I go there. They need a big, they don't really have that many right now.”
Wake Forest: “Because of Danny Manning. He's done it in the NBA. He could give me what I need. He knows what it takes.”
Florida: “They have bigs that like to stay inside, but they kind of need a stretch-four. They need someone to replace Chris Walker.”
Moore said he plans to take visits before making a decision, which could come in August or the fall.
Thomas Bryant setting up officials
Thomas Bryant will be the first to admit he's not the most talented big man in the class of 2015, but he brings something not every prospect has: a consistent motor and the interest in playing hard every possession.
“I bring a lot of energy,” Bryant said. “Teams always need that guy that's always intense, talking out there, on offense and defense. Poits will come and all that other stuff, but I'm just trying to be an intensity guy. There's a lot of talented players out there, some more talented than me. I have to bring something different.
“It just comes naturally to me.”
North Carolina and West Virginia are in pursuit of the No. 22-ranked player in the 247Sports Composite, but Bryant has four official visits set right now: Syracuse, Ohio State, Kansas and Missouri.
Syracuse has been considered one of the leaders for a long time, given its proximity to his hometown of Rochester, N.Y., while Missouri recently made his list after his high school coach, Rob Fulford, was hired as an assistant coach.
“I'm wide-open to any suggestions,” Bryant said. “I'm not going to put my mind on one school. I want to take official visits to all the schools on my list.”
Troy Brown stands out as a young prospect
To me, the two best prospects at the LeBron James Skills Academy were DeAndre Ayton and Troy Brown, both 2017 prospects.
Brown, a 6-foot-5 point guard, could be the best point guard in the country – regardless of class.
“It's a great learning experience,” Brown said. “To be invited here, it's like a gift. To be this young, competing with some of the best players in 2015 and 2016.”
The Centennial (Nev.) product holds offers from USC, UNLV and Arizona.