October 7, 2013 by Seth Rubinroit
Galen Central occasionally catches up with former USC basketball players. Read an earlier profile by former USC captain Chris Penrose.
By Seth Rubinroit
During games, everything seemed to be going well for guard Alexis Moore. He made an immediate impact as a freshman in USC’s injury-filled 2011-2012 season, starting 18 games and averaging 4.3 points.
During practices, however, Moore was often the subject of coach Kevin O’Neill’s scorn as the season unraveled for the inexperienced Trojans.
After only one season at USC, Moore decided to transfer. Less than 10 months after Moore announced he was transferring, O’Neill was fired.
“I heard the news and was almost indifferent,” Moore said in an interview with Galen Central on Saturday. “Obviously we had our differences, but I am much more mature now, and I understand where he was coming from while I played for him. I wish him nothing but the best in all of his endeavors and in life.”
After playing for Saddleback College last year, Moore has enrolled at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, where he will major in Multimedia Communications.
“My buddy from high school [Alex Carmon] plays up here, and he thought I could contribute on the court and to the culture of the basketball program here,” Moore said. “It was a great opportunity to branch out of Southern California and live in a completely new environment. I also have extended family in San Francisco, so they’ll get a chance to see me play.”
Moore played with incoming forward Roschon Prince in high school at Long Beach Poly.
“From Roschon, you should expect a hard working, very talented kid who comes from a basketball family and great program in LB Poly,” Moore said. “He’s got all the tools to be a great player, and I think USC and the new staff will help him reach his goals. He should be an exciting addition and make an immediate impact.”
Incredibly only Byron Wesley, as well as walk-on guard Daniel Munoz, remain from Moore’s 2011-2012 team.
“I’m anxious to watch them play this year,” Moore said. “I anticipate that they will be very good, a sleeper for a lot of people.”
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