Making the Jump: Doral Moore

Funny story...

 I was at the Final Four and taking in the entire fan experience at Centennial Olympic Park. From a distance, I noticed a giant hooper doing work at the Powerade blacktop. This player was a good head above the competition and playing well above the rim.

As I got closer I realized it was Doral Moore, the 2015 center from Luella (Ga.) High School and the Atlanta Xpress.

Was this really the same guy that I watched during the high school season and, at times, was a non-factor? Sure was.

Moore has been a different player this spring. He's stirring up some conversations amongst college coaches about his long-term potential and his recruitment is starting to sprout up.

The near 7-footer is making the jump. In fact, he might just be the best overall center prospect in Georgia right now. Here's why: confidence.

"I feel so much confident in myself," Moore told me after one of his games at the Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions. "I just can't stop working."

You can tell.

I was talking to a college coach the other day about his high school teammate Temarcus Blanton, a 2014 prospect that is garnering a lot of interest from a wide variety of schools. The coach told me that every time he visits Blanton at Luella, Moore will ask for workout tips on how to get stronger and leads on where to find programs to help him develop his post game.

Moore is trying to control his own destiny and it is showing on the court.

I'm convinced Moore was the best overall player at the Gibbons tournament in terms of making the move from prospect to player. He's making the jump. The transformation is happening. Auburn, Cincinnati, Georgia, Georgia, Georgetown, Mississippi State, Texas and others have made a serious move in his recruitment.

Who's next? The crowd is growing. And the attention is justified.

Justin Young

Justin Young is the Managing Editor of HoopSeen.com. He has over 15 years of experience in sports media, including time as the national basketball recruiting editor of Rivals.com and the publisher of the Georgia Hoops recruiting report. 

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