If E'Twaun Moore looks a little tired these days, it is because he isn't sleeping like he used to. And that is a good thing, he says.
Moore, a 6-foot-3, 170-pound guard from East Chicago (Ill.) High School, wanted to prove that he is an improved player and that his jump shot was ready for the big show.
"A lot of people and a lot of coaches weren't sure if I could shoot the ball," Moore said. "They didn't know how good I was at that. So I wanted to show them that I could."
He changed his alarm clock from seven to six in the morning and went to school early to work on his jumper.
"I wanted to prove something," he said. "I wanted to show that I could play at the next level. I think I did okay. I still can do better but my shot is improved."
Point proven. Moore was one of the most consistent guards on the AAU circuit this spring. He helped anchor the backcourt for the SYF Players, one of the top teams in the country, with his defense and improved perimeter game.
"I thought I was real successful," Moore said. "I think I showed coaches that I can play."
The coaches are responding. Moore said Purdue, Illinois, Tennessee, Indiana and Miami are the most consistent schools recruiting him. He said all of the programs have offered.
"I'm still open to others," Moore said. "I'm listening to whoever wants to recruit me the hardest. You have to build a relationship with the coaches you play for. That is what I'm doing now."
"I want to go somewhere that I can be successful and how well I'll fit in," Moore added.
Location might be a factor, too.
"A lot of the schools recruiting me are in the Midwest and I'm okay with that. If I do go away from home, I want to make sure it is worth going to."
Moore, the No. 30 ranked player in the recent class of 2007 rankings, will be back in action at the end of the month when SYF plays in the Nike Memorial Day Classic in Nashville, Tenn.