After announcing his reclassification to 2008, four-star prospect Marshall Moses realized he was in a lot better shape academically than he thought once he arrived at the Patterson (N.C.) School. Now Moses, a 6-foot-7, 230-pound power forward, is ready to sign in the spring and is considering three schools.
"My original plan was to be in the 2008 class, but when I got to Patterson and meet with the counselors, I realized I was in a lot better shape than I realized," said Moses. "So the plan now is to be in the 2007 class. I have a qualifying ACT score now, but I plan to take it again to get it even higher."
Kentucky, North Carolina State and Kansas are the three schools in the running for Moses.
"I just got off the phone with Coach Hobbs," said Moses. "He wants me to visit before the 15th, so I can see the student life before they get out for Christmas. But we don't get out until the 15th, so I probably will just visit then. After I visit Kentucky, I want to get over to North Carolina State."
When asked if Kentucky was his favorite, Moses hesitated in naming the Wildcats his favorite, but did acknowledge being a longtime Kentucky fan.
"I don't know that I'd say Kentucky is my favorite, but I've always been a fan. But now that it is coming down to who I will play for, I have to look at what is best for me.
"The coaching staffs of all the schools recruiting me are great. I just have to make sure I like the guys that I will be playing with and that they like playing with me. It is important that I feel the coaches can get me to that next level, but also that if I can't make it to the next level, I have the education to make a good living."
Moses, who had an eye popping 49 points in his opening game of the season, has been scoring both in the interior and from behind the arc. Although improving his skill level is important to Moses, his highest priority is bringing a consistent effort to the court night in and night out.
"My focus is on being consistent," he said. "All my career, I've been up and down. I don't want my team wondering which Marshall Moses is going to show up. I want to help our team every game all season long. I'm making sure I rebound, defend and play hard every game."
Marshall Moses scouting report:
A slightly undersized power forward, Moses has the girth and jumping ability to make up for it. A capable shooter from mid-range, he is in the process of extending his range. A lefty, Moses also scores with a jump hook. Improving his mental focus and physical effort is the challenge for Moses.