Although the season began slowly for Fort Washington (Pa.) Germantown Academy and 2013 Penn State signee Julian Moore, fortunes turned around quickly and the Patriots’ season ended with a state championship.
Moore averaged 14.5 points and won Inter-Ac MVP as a senior.
After losing two of three at the Gonzaga DC Classic and four of its first seven games overall, Germantown regrouped in time for league play, going undefeated through the Inter-Academic League schedule.
“As the season progressed we just kept coming together, everyone found their roles that helped us win,” said Moore on Thursday. “We went undefeated in our league, which was amazing. I think we were the fourth team in our school’s history to go undefeated. We’re really happy. It was always one of our goals to win the title but to go undefeated was just a testament to our hard work and our coach’s vision.”
Not only did the Patriots go undefeated, but the three-star center was named MVP of the league after averaging 14.5 points throughout the year. Going into the Pennsylvania Independent Schools Athletic Association Tournament (separate from the PIAA), Germantown was the No. 1 overall seed and rolled to the title.
The No. 216 player in the 2013 class used his senior season as a learning experience as well, tailoring his game to how his teammates were playing.
“I learned when I had to be a bigger part of the offense, and I also learned when to take a step back,” explained Moore. “We had a lot of big pieces on our team - five guys playing college basketball and three of us going Division I - so we more often than not fed the hot hand, whoever it was on a given night.”
Following the championship season, the 6-foot-9, 218-pound big man now has a new focus when he’s working out.
“One of the first things I’m working on is getting stronger. I just weighed in at 218, so I’m definitely looking to gain some weight,” said Moore. “Coach wants me to get up to about 230 before I get to school. On the court, I’m working to tighten up my jump shots, my game down low and trying to create from the high post. Just watching Penn State play, I feel like the high post is one place I can contribute to the team and is something I’m definitely working on.”
Living in Pennsylvania made it easier for Moore to keep up with the Nittany Lions throughout the 2012-13 season, and the senior even made it to the final home game.
“One of the greatest things I saw was that the players never gave up, and that’s not only a testament to the coaching staff but the players themselves as well,” Moore said. “They’re all hard workers. They never quit the whole time and put it all on the court every night. Even though it might not have looked good from the onset, they kept fighting. Even at the Wisconsin game, early in the game they went down but fought the entire time. Same thing with the Michigan game.”
Afterwards Moore was able to speak with the Penn State coaches, who told him to keep working and that the possibility of redshirting will work itself out as time goes along.
“I talked with Coach Chambers, Coach Urgo and Coach Daly a little bit. It wasn’t that big of a visit,” explained Moore. “They really want me to work on getting stronger, that was one of the first things. They want me to keep developing my skills because they said I can be put in multiple positions on the floor and cause a lot of matchup problems.”
Like his fellow classmates, Moore is itching to arrive on campus this summer and be a part of his new team.
“I can’t wait to get up there. I look forward to it every day,” said Moore. “I’m working hard in school every day, but I can’t wait to be there and make an impact on the team and the Big Ten.”
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