After torn ACL, DeMatha's Justin Moore becomes one of nation's elite basketball prospects


There are a lot of good high school basketball players in the DMV.

But few, if any, are better than Justin Moore.

After sitting out his sophomore season due to a torn ACL, the high school basketball sensation is shining bright again on the court for DeMatha Catholic.

“He’s just a special young man, he’s a winner,” DeMatha boys’ basketball coach Mike Jones said. “His competitiveness is what probably separates him from most other players.”

Now a senior, Moore has experienced a lot in his short career.

After tearing his ACL two seasons ago, he led the Stags to a championship trifecta last season.

“Sitting out, I’ve never sat out that long before and I really missed the game,” Moore said. “Each day I remember that and I go hard every day.”

It’s well documented how DeMatha is one of the premier high school basketball programs in the country. Victor Oladipo, Markelle Fultz and countless other NBA players have molded their game as players at the school.

Moore could be the next big star from the basketball factory.

“Coach Jones has talked to me a lot about leaving a legacy,” Moore said. “Following in the path of others put before me and doing what I can do to provide for people behind me.”

His next stop is Villanova, where he has signed to play his college basketball starting next season. The Wildcats have won two of the last three national championships.

And then after that, maybe evening playing on the big stage of the NBA.

“Dreaming at night about it, it’s funny just thinking about it,” Moore said. “Dreams can always come true, so I just remember that and work hard, and it will come true.”

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