Andrews High’s Wanyae Moore signed to play basketball at Spartanburg Methodist College on May 24.
Moore had several offers from four-year Division II schools, but chose a two-year school in hopes of getting a chance to play Division I basketball in his junior and senior years.
“I wanted to go to a junior college before I started a four-year college,” he said. “It looked like a better program for me.”
Andrews Coach Kevin Branham said Moore is quiet, humble, well-rounded and polite off the court, but a ferocious competitor on it.
“I think the bigger the challenge, the better the game he’s going to have,” Branham said.
Branham said the “soft-spoken” Moore doesn’t need to be a vocal leader on a team, he leads by example.
Over Moore’s three years on the varsity team, his relationship with Branham deepened, as did the coach’s trust in him.
“I (was) open to him being the coach on the court and that gave us a lot of success,” Branham said.
Moore scored 1,385 points in three years; he was an All-State selection as a junior and senior; and as a senior he played in the North/South game, and was named the Player of the Year in Region VII-AA and by the Coastal Basketball Coaches Association.
Branham said for as much success as Moore had, he was very unselfish on the floor, sometimes too much.
“We as coaches knew what he could do,” Branham said. “We wanted him to be a little bit more thirsty for scoring instead of distributing the ball. That’s just the kind of player he is. He’s going to get his points, but he’s going to make sure his team is involved.”
Moore said the biggest transition to college basketball will be the speed of the game and the size of the players.
Moore said his younger teammates need to keep up their grades and work hard if they want to play basketball at the next level.
Branham tells his players “you’re a student first, an athlete second.”
“Wanyae did everything to get to college right,” Branham said. “He kept his grades up (and) he was a heck of an athlete. ... He’s done everything right that he needs to do.”
Moore plans to study sports medicine at Spartanburg Methodist. He’s thinking of pursuing a career in athletic training so he can stay around basketball.
Moore is the 11th Andrews boys basketball player to sign in Branham’s nine years at the school.