Q-and-A with Ben Moore, Bolingbrook basketball
December 25, 2012 5:14PM
Ben Moore, of Bolingbrook. | Joseph P. Meier~Sun Times Media
Updated: January 27, 2013 6:11AM
Moore is one of the more notable recruits to come out of the area, committing to Larry Brown’s program at SMU. Moore, a 6-foot-8 forward, averages 16.1 points a game and is the second-leading rebounder in the area with an average of 11 per game. The Raiders are set to play at the McDipper Tournament at Rich South.
How old were you when you started playing basketball?
I started in third grade. I just liked to play sports; I was already playing soccer.
Did you ever have one of those big moments when you thought you could take this sport far?
Yes, at the end of my sophomore season they moved me up to varsity and I scored 17 points in my first game. That was probably one of my favorite high school moments. But I was also very nervous.
Do those nerves ever go away?
No, most of the time they are always there.
Do you have any pregame routines or superstitions?
No, I just listen to music before the game and go out and play. There’s no specific song I listen to, really.
If you had the athletic ability to play any sport, what would it be?
I’d like to play football. I played it until eighth grade and then I had to decide whether or not to play once I got to high school. And I decided on basketball. It was hard to pick just one because I got a lot of pressure from my friends.
Bolingbrook is playing in the McDipper Tournament and faces off with King in the first round. Any nerves with that coming up?
It’s going to be a really good tournament. But as long as the team wins, that’s all that really matters. There’s not that much pressure. It’s definitely going to be more of a fun thing.
As told to Tina Akouris