By Mark Lewis

Local Sports Journal

Recent Montague (MI) High School grad Brandon Moore attended the American Youth Basketball Tour (AYBT) Fort Wayne event three times.

And in those three years, the prep basketball and football standout won the event’s slam dunk competition every time.

But it wasn’t all just about Moore’s high-flying theatrics that he remembers about his AYBT experience.

“I played with a group of guys from my high school team,” said Moore, who is now readying himself to play for the Ferris State Bulldog football team this fall. “We’d go down there as a group and go up against the best AYBT teams in the best bracket.”

For Moore, who is still considering a tryout for the Bulldog basketball team once his duties on the gridiron are finished, the fact that he got to play with his high school teammates – as opposed to just being put on a random team a la some other summer leagues – certainly help his squad once the regular season came rolling around.

“AYBT helped us learn how to play better as a team,” said Moore, whose coach at Montague, David Osborne, has often emphasized how participating in AYBT has helped his squad remain competitive. “While other (summer basketball leagues) may be more competitive up and down the roster, AYBT was competitive enough to challenge us and make us better as a unit…without splitting us up and putting us on different teams. It definitely helped us later on, during the high school season.”

Montague’s teams have seen quite a bit of success over the past several seasons, including a Class C state semifinal appearance in 2009 and an undefeated regular season in 2011, as well as a few West Michigan Conference titles to boot. During that time, Moore often has been the team’s most explosive player on the floor, averaging nearly 15 points and eight rebounds-per-game across his four seasons of varsity ball, while also becoming the team’s best on-the-ball defender and shot blocker.

But it was his incredible vertical prowess that many AYBT folks remember about Moore’s game. This was especially true following Moore’s third-straight dunk title in Fort Wayne.

“There were definitely some high-flyers (there),” said Moore, with a chuckle. “Every year, the competition forced me to become a little more creative with my dunks. Every year, I had to come up with something new.”

Now, on the cusp of the start of his collegiate sports career, Moore was eager to take a moment to reflect on the good times he had during events like AYBT Fort Wayne.

“More than all the other things I did in high school, the camps and other (programs),” said Moore, his voice trailing off for a moment. “The thing I remember most about AYBT was the good times we all had together.”

Then he added, “We just had a lot of fun.”

For more information about AYBT events, visit aybtour.com.

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  1. […] Montague (MI) High School grad Brandon Moore (whom AYBT News featured earlier this summer – at http://aybt.localsportsjournal.com/2013/06/moore-reflects-on-lessons-learned-at-aybt-fort-wayne-even…) , as he wins his second of three slam dunk titles, at the Fort Wayne […]

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