Whenever he steps on the court, Medora’s Brandon Moore wants to get everyone on the team invovled.
“I just enjoy playing the game. I love helping out my teammates, and the bonding” Moore said. “Games are the fun part. Practices are the hard part.”
Moore began playing basketball in Medora in sixth grade.
He played on the junior varsity his freshman year and began his sophomore season starting JV.
By the end of the season he was starting on the varsity.
He is in his second season as a full-time varsity starter.
“Last year I usually guarded the biggest (opponent), so I guess you could put me as center,” Moore said. “I like spacing the floor. I like hitting the 3 if I’m open, driving the lane, kicking it out to teammates, do whatever I can to help us win.”
Moore has scored in double figures in seven of the Hornets’ eight games this season and is averaging 15.4 points per game.
His high games have been 20 against Shawe Memorial and 18 versus Lanesville. Last season he scored 18 against South Central.
He is right-handed and said he likes to set up on the right side in the Hornets’ half-court offense.
“I try to lead the team, do everything, get assists, score and help with rebounding,” Moore said.
Moore said he likes to see the Hornets use the fast break.
“If I see an opening I like to take it to the hole,” he said. “If not, we’ll slow it down and get into our offense. I feel we do better when we play against a man-to-man-defense. When it’s packed and the players are standing there it’s harder to get shots.
“We mix it up a lot on defense. We play a little bit of man and some zones.”
Moore said it is going to take teamwork, beginning with the Edinburgh Holiday Tournament, in order to start winning games.
“We’ve just got to come together and play with confidence,” Moore said.
The team has a new head coach this winter, with Mark Morin leading the Hornets.
“We do a lot of drills and stuff. We don’t scrimmage much, just a lot of drills here and there,” Moore said. “Practices are pretty fun. Practices are really important. You practice how you play. If you come out sluggish and don’t practice well then it is going to show up in a game.”
Moore said you have to believe in yourself and in your teammates.
“Confidence is a big thing,” he said. “You’ve got to have confidence in yourself, you’ve got to have confidence in your teammates, knowing if you pass them the ball they are going to make the play. You’ve got to believe in each other. That’s what makes a good team.”
The senior has enjoyed attending Medora.
“I’ve loved it. I love the small school,” Moore said. “I’ve had a lot of fun. I know everybody because we’re small. It’s like a big family.”
Name: Brandon Moore
School: Medora High School
Parents: Charlotte and Mark Moore
Sport: Basketball, four years
Athletics highlights: Most improved sophomore, junior years
Organizations: Beta Club
Plans after high school: Enter work force
Favorite food: Chicken
Favorite TV show: “The Walking Dead”
Favorite musician: J. Cole
Favorite movie: “Bad Boys II”
Favorite athlete: James Harden