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No Amount of Injuries Kept this Basketball Player Away from College Sports

Everyone who works at NCSA Athletic Recruiting believes in the transformative power of sport. With more than 450 former college athletes and coaches on staff, we’ve lived it.

Here, basketball recruiting expert John Moore, a head recruiting coach, talks about his recruiting process, and how no amount of injuries could keep him from reaching his goals.

We’ve been sharing some of our team members’ stories — and will continue to do so. Here are some of the most recent:

Recruiting expert John Moore was a two-sport athlete at Trine University who went on to coach at the school. Check out his video below:

John Moore started playing basketball at an early age.

“I had a choice: Come home and get beat up, or play,” John says.

Although they might have used negative reinforcement to do it, John’s brothers encouraged him to play the game. “The only reason I started playing sports seriously in middle school was because my brothers told me: ‘Either you play or every day you come home you get beaten up’,” he says. But it was from a place of love: “They didn’t have the opportunity to play in college, and I did, so I took advantage of it.”

And he stuck with it through high school, playing four sports. “I had a little bit of a social life, should I say,” he jokes; all four sports kept him pretty busy. But he was able to find like-minded student-athletes: “Most of my friends were people who played sports.”

None of his injuries set John back from playing college sports

In high school, John fractured both ankles junior year, and got hurt again his senior year, playing his last game senior year with a broken ankle.

Luckily, coaches at Trine University asked him to come out and play. “They offered me a scholarship three weeks before the semester started,” John says.

Injuries continued to plague John through his college sports career: torn menisci, chipped ankle, broken frontal process, broken elbow, four broken fingers, dislocated shoulder, dislocated elbow and a hyper-extended knee three times in three weeks.

But he kept getting back there and finding a way to play. “Making it a competition with myself is the biggest thing of getting back to play in sports,” he says.

Now, John Moore wants to pay it forward to the next generation of college athletes.

Playing in college is an investment in yourself that most student-athletes don’t fully realize when they commit to a school, John says. “Most times student-athletes don’t know they’re making a four-year investment right then and there.”

“I want give back to every kid to help them see what I saw through the opportunities through sports.”


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Andy McKernan

Andy McKernan is the content strategist at NCSA Athletic Recruiting. A content marketer with a background in creative writing, Andy brings several years of experience to NCSA.