A competitor in the classroom and on the courts, Loree Moore is a winner.
Loree Moore may not put up the same point totals of many acclaimed sharpshooters, but she's in a league of her own when it comes to a well-balanced game. A 5-10 guard, Moore averaged 13 points, seven rebounds, nine assists and five steals this season in helping Narbonne High School (Harbor City, Calif.) capture its second consecutive state Division I championship.
"Loree does everything well -- she is one of the best all-around players I have ever seen," says Narbonne Head Coach James Anderson. "Her most telling statistic is her winning record: 115-7 in four seasons, with two state championships and two (USA Today) national championships."
Not only is Moore a standout on the court, she also excels in the classroom with a 3.7 GPA. "Loree is a phenomenal person and a great student," Anderson says. "She works
hard and competes in everything she does, but is probably one of the most humble people you'd want to meet."
Last summer, Moore was a top reserve for a U.S. junior national team that won a world championship qualifying tournament in Argentina. In her USA Team bio, she noted that she has patterned her game after Dawn Staley and listed Sheryl Swoopes as the most impressive person she's ever met.
Earlier this month Moore was named winner of the Los Angeles Times' Cheryl Miller Award, presented annually to the top girls' basketball player in Southern California. (The 2000 winner, Diana Taurasi, now plays for the University of Connecticut.)
Moore capped her high school career by garnering the most valuable player award at a national all-star game in Connecticut. Playing against the best high school players from around the country, Moore scored eight points, grabbed eight rebounds, handed out six assists and had a game-record 10 steals while leading her team to victory.
This fall, Moore will attend the University of Tennessee, where she will join the storied program led by Head Coach Pat Summitt. "I thought it was a tremendous fit as far as style of play," Anderson says. "It also gives Loree a chance to play for one of the greatest coaches of all time, to learn and improve as a person and a player, and to find out how good she really is at the highest level."
Article written by Gball Associate Editor Jim Catalano.
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