Jan. 11, 2000
PULLMAN, Wash. - Fall signee Marcus Moore started classes at Washington State and has begun practicing with the team, WSU coach Paul Graham announced Monday.
Moore, a 6-5, 180-lbs., guard, went through his first practice with the Cougars Monday afternoon at Beasley Coliseum. Moore is eligible to practice and play immediately, but Graham said he hasn't decided whether or not to play Moore this season.
"You don't know what kind of shape a guy is in or how long it will take to learn the offense and defense, so we're going to hold off on making any decision on Marcus for now," Graham said. "We want to do what is in the best interests of Marcus and of Washington State, but I strongly believe that you cannot just throw a kid, especially a freshman, into a situation where it would be extremely difficult to succeed. We want to win now, but you can't lose sight of the big picture.
"On the other hand, if after a week or two of practice it looks like Marcus could help our ballclub win some games, then we have to consider playing him. It would be unfair to our seniors if we did not give them every opportunity to finish their careers with a winning season, by not playing a guy who could help us accomplish that goal."
Moore finished his brilliant career at Dominguez Hills High School in Compton, Calif., last spring, leading the school to the 1999 state championship. He was the 1999 John Wooden Award winner for the state of California for coach Russell Otis and was ranked as the state's top point guard after averaging 13 points, eight assists and six rebounds per game.
Pac-West Hoops recruiting guru Mike Miller was impressed by Moore. "Marcus is a legit 6-5 point with very long arms, he was probably the most spectacular passer on the West Coast last year," Miller said. WSU beat out several schools for Moore's services, including Rhode Island and Fresno State, which Moore visited, Auburn, Oregon, Oregon State, Southern Cal, Texas, New Mexico, Fresno State and Providence. Moore was recruited by more than 100 Division I colleges.
Moore, who began his prep career at Redondo Union High, originally committed to WSU during the summer, but a snafu with the NCAA Clearinghouse kept him out of school during the fall semester. Moore officially signed with WSU during the November signing period. He passed his SAT in December and immediately became eligible to practice and play this spring.
Moore was a member of WSU's fall recruiting class that was ranked 28th nationally and second in the Pac-10 by recruiting guru Bob Gibbons. He will wear uniform No. 1.