Graduation Year: 2013
High School: Sky View
College: Utah State University
Jalen Moore, the 6’8” Sky View High School forward and future Utah State Aggie, made his SportsCenter debut with an extraordinary half-court shot at the buzzer in overtime to win his team’s 2013 4A semi-final state championship game against Bountiful High School. We have a feeling this won’t be the last time he’ll make an appearance on SportsCenter.
Jalen’s deep roots in basketball and natural-born talent make him a standout player with a bright future.
Jalen started playing organized basketball at 5 years old, and he has already had many opportunities for learning and growth. He credits his season with Utah Pump-N-Run for providing him with the competition and exposure he needed to develop his resilience and competitive edge. Jalen’s father, Jimmy Moore, agrees: “The benefits of Utah Pump-N-Run are first and foremost the coaches. They do an excellent job of teaching fundamentals and pushing players to maximize their potential. Utah Pump-N-Run also provides valuable exposure for players by competing in some of the nation’s best tournaments.”
Jalen blew up on the basketball circuit during the summer of 2012, churning out multiple games of 25+ points and 12+ rebounds against some of the top competition in the country, including New Heights (NY), Miami Tropics, Franchize All-Stars (TX) and Minnesota Pump-N-Run. He led his team in most statistical categories and helped secure a Championship victory at Las Vegas Live in July.
Watch video highlights of Jalen’s incredible tournament here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W0G-4wt4tBA.
The coaches at Utah State noticed Jalen’s talents early on, during his sophomore year of high school, and were able to get a verbal commitment from Jalen to join the Aggies in 2013. “Jalen is a great kid and a good student,” commented Chris Jones, Utah State Assistant Coach. “He’s long and athletic, and he has all of the necessary puzzle pieces to be a great addition to the basketball team at Utah State. We look forward to seeing how he will compliment our team next season.”
Utah Pump-N-Run 17U Elite Coach Todd Phillips says, “By mid-July, we had received inquiries from multiple Pac-12 schools, as well as schools from other top conferences on Jalen’s availability as a recruit. But he never wavered in his commitment to Utah State, which is a testament to Jalen’s character as well as the Utah State coaching staff. I’m looking forward to watching Jalen compete at Utah State.”
Jalen has a lot to be excited about. He has worked hard not only on the basketball court, but also in his academic pursuits. He looks forward to his studies at Utah State and to helping the Aggies find success in a new conference. “I can’t wait to learn and grow with the team at Utah State. I look forward to the good energy and opportunities that come from being a part of such a great team with phenomenal coaches.”
Like any parent, Jalen’s father Jimmy has great hopes for Jalen as he graduates high school and moves on to college. “My hope for Jalen when he begins his college career is to enjoy the experience,” says Jimmy. “I know and he knows that he has a lot of room for improvement, which is a good thing, because that means he has a wealth of untapped potential to uncover.”
And Jimmy knows what he’s talking about. He played for Utah State’s men’s basketball team from 1972-75, helping the Aggies make it to the 1975 NCAA Tournament. Jimmy finished his collegiate career with 1,164 points and 652 rebounds, maintaining a place in Utah State basketball history, ranking 24th all-time in scoring and 15th all-time in rebounding. Following his time with Utah State, Jimmy spent two years playing in the NBA for the Seattle SuperSonics and 10 years playing overseas. In 2005, Jimmy was one of 16 athletes named to Utah State’s All-Century Basketball Team.
Utah Pump-N-Run is proud to have Jalen Moore on its alumni list and looks forward to watching him continue to develop his talents at Utah State University.
Check out Jalen Moore highlights here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9HkUBSeY564
Jalen Moore’s SportsCenter Top 10 Buzzer Beater video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w7FAnEHCHUg