Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Timid Tiger While in Colorado, Mu's Moore Takes a Shot at Shooting More

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Timid Tiger While in Colorado, Mu's Moore Takes a Shot at Shooting More

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To hear Missouri Tigers guard Kendrick Moore tell it, he's had a humdrum summer.

Moore started his summer in Australia, where the Tigers toured and played basketball. Australia, land of great beauty . . . the Great Barrier Reef . . . the Sydney Opera House. Did it make a strong impression on a 19-year-old?

"Yeah, it was a great experience," Moore said, his voice hardly rising. "At the beginning, most of our free time was spent sleeping."

Back from Australia, he returned to his native Connecticut and went to work at the state capital for the speaker of the House. Quite a responsibility, right?

"I don't do much, really," Moore said.

OK, how about this? USA Basketball has anointed Moore one of the nation's top sophomores-to-be and has selected him for the U.S. Olympic Festival in Colorado. When the basketball competition begins today, he'll be joined by such notables as Kansas' Billy Thomas and KU recruit Paul Pierce. Another Big Eight point guard nemesis, Oklahoma's Prince Fowler, will be there, too.

"I'm excited about it," Moore said. "I don't know what to expect."

MU teammate Kelly Thames participated in last year's Festival in St. Louis. He would tell Moore to expect to see lots of shooting, lots of fastbreaks and not a lot of passing. In other words, the game that probably will be played in Colorado is nothing like the game Moore played last year at Mizzou.

As a freshman at MU, Moore displayed acumen as a ballhandler, a penetrator and a patient point player. He averaged 2.6 points and 2.5 assists per game. His game is so smooth, his teammates call him "Silk."

However, he has regularly frustrated MU's coaches with his unwillingness to shoot the ball. As a result of that reluctance, Mizzou assistants Kim Anderson and Rich Daly told Moore that his summer task was to become more comfortable taking his shot.

"When I'm away from school I shoot the ball," Moore said. …

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