Jamar Moore loves to compete. The 6-foot-5, 185-pound shooting guard from Thomas County (Ga.) Central High School jumped on a Greyhound bus and took a six hour trip to Atlanta just to participate in the Georgia Hoops Fall Showcase last weekend and compete against the best of the best from the Peach State. That is why so many high-major programs are trying to lock up this talented junior.
Moore, No. 46 ranked player in the class of 2007, is one of the top shooting guards in his class. Mixed with great size, confidence on the wing and the ability to defend the biggest and strongest wings in his class, Moore is quickly becoming a hot commodity amongst the high-majors.
Florida State knows about him. The ACC school was the first high-major team to offer a scholarship and they did it before Moore started his scoring tear on the AAU circuit this spring and summer with the Georgia Stars 16 and under squad.
Since the AAU season ended, Moore has unofficially visited Leonard Hamilton's club. He attended the FSU-Miami football game a month ago. The Seminoles have a stronghold on his top spot.
"They are probably my number one team right now," Moore said. "It's just how they treat you like part of the family. They all get along. I got along with them. They treated me like I was one of them. Plus, it's close to home."
As if Florida State still needed another edge, Moore said he's close friends with former FSU two-sport star Charlie Ward.
Moore said FSU isn't the only team chasing him. Alabama and Georgia have both offered. NC State, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia Tech and Tennessee Tech are also very much in the picture, he said.
With the 'Noles looking as the team to beat, Moore said he is listening to all comers and taking his time.
"I'd like to have something done before the next AAU season," Moore said.