By: Tim Andrzejewski (firstname.lastname@example.org)
HOUSTON -- Rice men's basketball coach Scott Pera has announced the signing of Payton Moore (Los Angeles, Calif.) to a national letter of intent for the 2018-19 school year, Pera announced Wednesday morning.
"This morning I am announcing the signing of third member of the class of 2022," said Pera. "Payton Moore is someone I have been recruiting and gotten to know for almost two years. He is a natural leader that is always working on improving himself as a player and as a person. He is an explosive athlete that loves to attack the basket and play in the open floor. Payton is a tenacious defender and will bring a degree of toughness to our program. Off the court, he is a great student, is active in his community and is everything we are looking for in a student-athlete."
Moore, a 6-4 guard, helped Santa Monica high school to a 20-8 record and a perfect 10-0 mark in conference play. Last year, he averaged 13 points, eight rebounds, four assists and two steals. He was named First Team All-Ocean League and Second Team All-Gold Coast League. While at Winward School, he helped the squad to the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) Division 5 Southern Section Championship.
Moore is rated a three-star prospect by ESPN and 247sports.