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February 18, 2013 Terrence Payne
St. Thomas More 2013 guard Marquise Moore became the fourth member of the Hofstra incoming class. Moore picked the Pride over Fairfield Cleveland State, Rider and Marist.
“After my visit, I just felt real comfortable with the school, the coaches, and I just felt like I wanted to be a part of [the program],” Moore told Zach Braziller of The New York Post on Sunday. “I really liked how everybody in the school is so close. It’s a family atmosphere.”
The 6-foot-1 Moore becomes the third New England prep product to join the 2013 Hofstra class. Hofstra head coach Mo Cassara has strong New England ties, coaching at Worcester Academy, Division III Clark University and Boston College. Cassara landed Moore's teammate, Amadi Udenyi in January. Two weeks later, Vermont Academy forward Rich Williams joined the 5-foot-11 Udenyi.
Moore is averaging 11 points, six rebounds and five assists for 26-4 St. Thomas More. He earned first team all-tournament honors during December's BasketBull HoopsFest.
“He’s got the athleticism to play at that level,” St. Thomas More coach Jere Quinn told The Post. “His potential is ahead of him. There’s a couple of things [he does] you can’t teach. Typically, he’s the fastest kid in the gym and he plays to win. He’s an unhappy kid when we’re losing. That’s a great quality in a basketball player.”
The Pride have struggled in 2012-2013, with a 6-20 record.
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