Virginia’s men’s basketball program kept its commitment run rolling, adding a commitment today from 6-5, 175-pound shooting guard prospect Brian Moten out of Christian Center Academy in Cincinnati, Ohio. He will sign with Virginia in November.
“Yes, he committed to Virginia today,” Christian Center Academy Head Coach Travis McAvene said.
Moten transferred into the Academy from Arthur Hills High School (Saginaw, MI), where he averaged 28 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists last season as a senior. An excellent shooter, Moten finished 5th in the voting for the Mr. Basketball award in the state of Michigan following last season.
“Brian’s just a pure shooter,” McAvene said. “He’s a natural 2. I certainly think he’s one of the better outside shooters in the country. He’s got to be one of the Top 20 shooting guards in the country.”
While shooting is Moten’s top strength, McAvene is quick to point out that his player can do a whole lot more.
“He’s an all-around player,” McAvene said. “I think that, with the people we have around him this year, he will become an even better player. People want to label him as a shooter, but his vertical leap is in the 34 to 35-inch range. He can put the ball on the floor and get around guys pretty easily, so he’s pretty good at taking guys off the dribble. His great athleticism is another thing that makes him an attractive prospect.”
Moten, who verbally committed to Western Michigan as a senior at Arthur Hills, saw his recruitment pick up considerably since deciding to transfer to CCA. He boasts offers from Auburn, Baylor and Bowling Green in addition to Western Michigan and Virginia.
Virginia jumped into the picture after seeing Moten play in person.
“I’m good friends with Coach [Alexis] Sherard,” McAvene said. “I called him about a month ago and told him about Brian. He and Coach Gillen flew out during the Evaluation period and they just fell in love with him.”
An excellent relationship between Coach Gillen and Moten was one of the main reasons for today’s commitment.
“One of the reasons he chose UVa was because of his relationship with Coach Gillen,” McAvene said. “Coach Gillen came in for an in-home visit, and I think that had a lot to do with it. He really liked his relationship with Coach Gillen....
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