ETSN.fm Boys Basketball Newcomer of the Year: Davis Moore
If the 2012-13 season is any indication, the future of Martin's Mill's boys basketball is bright.
The Mustangs reached the second round of the Class A Division I Region III playoffs before losing to eventual regional finalist Grapeland. A bevy of underclassmen led the playoff run, but perhaps none was as instrumental to the team's success as freshman guard Davis Moore, who is the 2013 ETSN.fm Boys Basketball Super Team Newcomer of the Year.
Moore averaged 18.4 points, 6.2 assists, 4.1 rebounds, and 2.8 steals per game. He made 102 three-pointers and was named Texas Association of Basketball Coaches all-region, as well as District 17-A D-I Offensive Player of the Year.
"Davis' ball handling and his shot are his strengths," said Martin's Mill head coach Trae Moore, who is also Davis' father. "Each day he wakes me up at about 5:15 and asks me to take him to the gym. Fortunately we live close to the school and hit the gym at about 5:45. He makes a 1,000 shots each day before school and works on his ball handling daily."
Trae Moore said he really enjoyed getting the opportunity to coach his son, who will be a key cog to Martin's Mill's basketball team for three more years.
"I enjoyed getting to coach him this year, but I am not sure how much Davis enjoyed me coaching him this year," the elder Moore joked. "I am sure it was hard on him, but he knows that I love him and he lets me coach him extremely hard. A lot of pressure was placed on him to perform by our coaching staff, but he did a great job handling the pressure. I am very proud of Davis and how hard that he works, but our whole team is filled with kids just like him. The parents of this group have been coaching them together since they were in second grade. We are all close and proud of each of them."
Davis Moore isn't the only promising young player the Mustangs will have back in 2013-14.
Martin's Mill started two freshmen -- guards Moore and July Latimer -- and two sophomores -- frontcourt players Dylan Weatherford and Hunter Conway -- and had another freshman -- Logan Jenkins -- filling the sixth man role.
That could mean less pressure on Moore to deliver in coming seasons.
"I expect Davis' role to actually diminish as he continues to play," Trae Moore said. "July Latimer hit seven threes in a district game. ... Logan Jenkins is as good of a shooter as anyone else on our team. ... (Weatherford and Conway) both had great years and we expect a lot from them offensively in the future.
"We also have a bench full of kids who can play and love the game. Drew Ingram, Caleb Hayes, Colton Wilson, Isaac Ridgle, Jacob Greenle, Micah Bragdon, and Jose Lopez will all be players that give us a lot of quality time. I expect it to be hard for teams to lock in on any one player because we have such a good group coming. They are all good kids, good friends, and try to put God first in their life. We are a lucky staff to get to coach them, and we are very excited about the future."