Washington State men's basketball coach Ken Bone continues his fast pace in reviving the Cougar hoops program for the fall.
Wednesday afternoon WSU officially announced that point guard Reggie Moore has signed a Letter of Intent to play Cougar basketball.
Last season Moore played at Brewster Academy in Wolfeboro, NH for Coach Jason Smith. The team posted a 22-12 record on the season, advancing to the New England Preparatory School Athletic Council semifinals.
A native of the Seattle area, Moore played his junior and senior seasons of high school ball at Rainier Beach HS for Coach Mike Bethea. The Vikings won the 3A State championship his senior year, ending with a near-perfect record of 29-1. Reggie averaged 13 points and 10 assists that year, earning the AP 3A Player of the Year honor. He was also a two-time all-state selection.
Moore may have begun his connection to WSU that senior year at Rainier Beach when he was named Co-MVP of the 2008 Northwest Shootout game after scoring 23 points and six assists. The other Co-MVP? None other than DeAngelo Casto, who enjoyed an outstanding freshman season last year for the Cougs.
Before transferring to Rainier Beach, Moore played his first two years of high school basketball at O'Dea high school in Seattle for Coach Phil Lumpkin. O'Dea made it to the state finals his sophomore season before eventually dropping a 47-37 decision to Seattle Prep.
The 6'1" Moore is a winner.
Other Pac-10 schools were very interested in the talented young man. Moore already took an official visit to Oregon to meet with coach Ernie Kent and the team. He planned to do the same with coach Ben Howland and UCLA but changed his mind.
After a year on the East Coast, Moore returns to the Northwest, choosing Washington State over Memphis, Iowa State, and other Pac-10 schools.
Earlier this month, Coach Bone solidified the incoming Class of 2009 by visiting with three highly regarded high school prospects who were recruited and signed by former coach Tony Bennett. Coach Bone had this to say about the fourth and final recruit to sign a LOI:
“Reggie is exactly what and who we needed to add to our backcourt. He’s a multidimensional guard that can play a couple of positions. His ability to score in a variety of ways and also deliver the ball to others is what we were looking for. With the addition of Reggie, I really like our group of young guards.”
The group of young guards Bone refers to includes Freshman All-Pac-10 guard Klay Thompson, Marcus Capers, Nic Koprivica, Abe Lodwick, Mike Harthun, and incoming freshmen Moore, Xavier Thames, and Anthony Brown.
Could be that the biggest challenge for Bone will be finding enough playing time for all of that talent.
This Cougar basketball team looks deep, talented, and very athletic.
One other thing—if the team follows the lead of their coach, they'll be fast-paced as well.