- Chris Hansen, ESPNHS HoopGurlz
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Lindsey Moore is the only player from the state of Washington to make the 2009 ESPN HoopGurlz Hundred, checking in at No. 97. The Evergreen State's top player will be taking her game elsewhere next year as she verbally committed to Nebraska this week.
Moore, a 5-foot-9 point guard, chose the Cornhuskers over Boise State, Gonzaga, Montana and Washington. She made an unofficial visit last fall to Lincoln and was instantly hooked.
"Ever since (the visit) they have been my No. 1," Moore said.
This past weekend Moore made her first official visit, to Nebraksa. She made unofficial visits to Boise State, Gonzaga and hometown Washington previously but felt so strong about Nebraska she didn't want to take any more time or visits.
"It really is a perfect place for me," Moore said. "When I was out there I was honestly attached to it. Just hanging out with the girls, I felt at home."
Moore was also impressed with more than just the team which lost in the second round of the NCAA tournament last season to Maryland.
"Their facilities were top of the line," Moore said. "Their athletic director, Tom Osborne, knows what he's doing and wants to do the best for his athletes."
Moore is fresh off a successful summer circuit with her club team The Way To Win. Her play catapulted her into the ESPN HoopGurlz Hundred where she was tested more than in a high school league that her school has dominated.
Moore grew up idolizing Jason Kidd saying she learned how to pass as a youngster by watching and mimicking the NBA star. With passing as her forte, she is always looking for a new challenge and this year her league got a little tougher with two-time defending state 3A champion Auburn-Riverside moving up to 4A and planting itself in Kentwood's division.
"We definitely want to welcome them back to 4A," Moore said with a laugh. "Honestly it's going to be fun having them in our league."
The fun will take place at least twice this season as both are in the SPSL North League and will play a home-and-home during league play. With the pedigree of both the two are seemingly on a crash course in the district playoffs as well.
Moore has emerged as a floor leader, something she attributes to former teammate and current Gonzaga player, Courtney Vandersloot. With Vandersloot gone last season Moore got a taste of being the only point guard and the player her teammates looked to first.
"I got to learn from her leadership skills and different things to do against your opponents," Moore said of her former teammate.
With her college decision now behind her, the 2007-2008 SPSL North's Most Valuable Player can focus her efforts on getting Kentwood back to the state tournament and in Moore's words, "do some damage".
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Chris Hansen covers girls' high school basketball nationally for ESPN.com and leads the panel that ranks and evaluates players for the network. He is a graduate of the University of Washington with a Communications degree. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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