When the name Alani Moore (DeMatha, 2016) gets brought up among those who have seen him play, you often hear three descriptions of his game: 'floor general,' 'toughness,' and 'fearless.'
D.C. Assault's 5-foot-10, 160-pound point guard has used those intangibles to impress Division I coaches at the highest levels and overcome his lack of prototypical size. Maryland, Notre Dame, Miami, N.C. State, Virginia Tech, Virginia and West Virginia have all reached out to express interest in him.
Moore stars alongside another top point guard prospect in D.C. Assault's 15U backcourt - Anthony Cowan - and the two work together interchangeably. Both do a lot of the same things well and have the same schools chasing them.
"Anthony and I have a fast-pace tempo but we know when to slow down," Moore said. "We create most of the offense by our penetration. Anthony is more of a shooter and I'm more of a slasher and finding openings."
Cowan's jumper is one of the reasons he has seemingly leaped ahead of Moore in recruiting rankings. Moore knows his jumper has to improve in order to take the next step as a player. "I've been working on my jumpshot and my mid-range game," he said.
His leadership and knowledge of the game is something that has always been there. It's something that he has picked up from constantly watching how older point guards run the team. Growing up, he says, he loved to root for Duke, Maryland and North Carolina.
Moore calls Melo Trimble "big bro" and said that he taught him how to pace himself so he can play an entire game without needing much rest. With DeMatha's starting point guard from last year off to VCU (Jarius Lyles), Moore will need to be in the game a lot to achieve his goals.
"My personal goals are to win the [Washington Catholic Athletic Conference] championship and also gain a couple of offers," Moore said.
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