At the tail end of a long weekend, playing three games in as many days, Germantown Academy (Pa.) big man Julian Moore missed two foul shots at the end of the first half of his team’s final game. Coming out of the locker room, the Penn State signee headed straight for the free throw line and made 10 straight shots to warm up for the second stanza.
Attention to detail such as this is what sets Moore apart from some other bigs, and why many surrounding the program are so excited for the 6-foot-9 senior to make it on campus. Moore brings energy, hustle and hard work to the court every time he steps on it, busting it equally on both ends of the floor.
As a team, Germantown went 1-2 this past weekend against stiff competition from all over the Mid-Atlantic area and is 3-2 overall on the year.
“We’ve been doing pretty well so far. We’re playing well together as a team,” said Moore this past weekend. “All the hard work we’ve put in this offseason has really paid off.”
The Philadelphia-area product took his official visit to Penn State a couple of months ago when the Nittany Lions football team faced off against Ohio State and came away with a great experience.
“It was wonderful. I got to hang out with the team, saw a closed scrimmage where they played Robert Morris,” recalled Moore. “I went to go to the Ohio State football game, which was great, met Geno Thorpe and hung out with him all weekend. It was a ton of fun.”
Moore, who committed to Penn State during the week following the NCAA sanctions were levied, is still confident in the direction Nittany Lion hoops is headed.
“All the guys on the team and around the program have great energy,” said Moore, who averaged 13 points per game this past weekend at the Gonzaga DC Classic. “We’re going to be real good next year. I liked everything about it.”
One things Penn State fans will like about Moore is his ability to run the floor. As soon as a defensive board is pulled down - assuming he isn’t the one who grabbed it - the 215-pound post player has his head up and is making a beeline down the court. Moore was routinely the first player on his team at the other end of the floor after a change of possession, leading to easy layups or fouls.
At his weight he likely isn’t ready to come in and bang with the front-court players of the Big Ten, but with players like Jonathan Graham, Ross Travis and Donovon Jack already in place, Moore will have time to bulk up in the college weight program before being dispatched on the road against Wisconsin or Indiana.
With the rest of his senior season ahead of him, Moore has some immediate goals set - like winning the league title - but also is looking forward to his future in Blue and White.
“I love Penn State,” he said. “It’s obviously my favorite school, but when I was there it didn’t feel like a big school; I felt like I was a part of the community. I can’t wait to be there full-time.”