July 20, 2010
Cali High Sports is coming out w ith the best and most accurate list of the top Cali players for each sport. We add basketball to our rankings where an extremely talented 2011 class features maybe the best crop of athletes California has seen in years.
We continue our countdown to number 1 with Long Beach Poly combo guard Alexis Moore. Alexis is part of a strong class of 2011 USC basketball commits and is looking to have a big year for what figures to be another stacked Poly basketball team.
#14 Alexis Moore
School: Long Beach Poly
Position: Shooting Guard
Schools Considering: USC (committed)
Club Team: Double Pump
Just a few months ago the USC basketball program was thought to be in tatters but now seem poised to flip the crosstown rivalry with the Bruins in their favor. As long as they keep bringing in guys like Alexis Moore the Trojans will be in good shape.
Moore has all the tools to be a huge part of a rebuilding Trojan program. An issue the Trojans have historically had is the lack of a playmaking distributor at the point. O.J Mayo could make plays no doubt but didn't actually share the ball. And no disrespect to guys like Mike Gerrity and D.J Hackett but they were never the legit ball handler the Trojans needed.
Alexis Moore could be that guy.
Moore has the perfect combination of size, athleticism and basketball savvy to be a great creating combo guard. Moore has great handles and can attack the basket going to either hand. He is great at crossing his man in transition in order to get a kickstart on the break in transition and does a great job finishing in traffic. The fact he can finish with either hand just makes him all the more of a threat.
In the half court offense Moore does a great job keeping his defender off balance and is a constant threat to attack the hoop. He is incredible quick and has great strength for a guard making him a nightmare when he covers when he goes to the hoop. Moore is an unselfish distributor and is smart enough to make the right pass when defenses try and collapse on him when he gets into the paint. Moore does a great job setting up easy buckets for his big men and creating for others.
Alexis has a good jump shot that he is able to get off quickly. He has a nice fluid stroke with a high release point. Alexis has demonstrated good ability to stop on a dime and be able to hit a mid range jumper and has range that extends all the way out to the three point line.
Alexis is a solid defender and does a great job of swallowing up opposing point guards. His speed allows him to stay in front of most guys and he has quick hands that create some steals and deflections.
The next level?: Alexis profiles to be a great playmaker at the college level. At USC he probably won't ever be asked to carry the scoring load or be relied on as a number 1 or number 2 option which should allow him to be a jack of all trades.
Alexis can certainly push the ball in transition but also can make plays in the half court offense which should fit in very nicely with what Coach Kevin O'Neill is trying to do. Look for a strong senior campaign from Moore and for him to be a 4 year contributor as a Trojan.
Cali High Grade: 87