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Thursday, July 28, 2011

All Ball

Eric got a letter from the Washington University coach yesterday, who saw him play last weekend.  What a great education he'd get there, huh?  He and Jason could go to school together.  Jason moves home from L.A. on Monday and will be going to Physical Therapy school at Wash. U.  Too bad I don't work there anymore...the tuition is almost $50,000 a year and Eric and Jason could have gone for free. (Eww, why did I remind myself.)

The Austin Peay and Belmont coaches called the other day and told Eric they'll be watching him in Kansas this weekend.  I don't know anything about these schools who are calling, but I'm learning.  Quickly. 

A writer from Heard this Blog - Your Atlantic 10 Basketball Connection called Eric and interviewed him.  I thought he did a good job  :)

Here 'tis:

2012 Recruiting Profile: Eric Moeller

Posted on July 26, 2011 by heardthisblog

By: Ben Weixlmann

Eric Moeller, a 6-foot-10 power forward from DeSmet High School showed some nice potential at the St. Louis Summer Classic. He talked recruiting with on Tuesday morning.

What offers do you currently hold?

“Nothing official. Lafayette mentioned that they were going to offer, but nothing is on paper.”

Who is showing interest in you right now?

“Missouri State, Arkansas State, Belmont, Furman. A coach from Belmont called the other day.”

With Ben Jacobson (Northern Iowa head coach) in attendance, is Northern Iowa showing you any interest right now?

“I haven’t heard from them yet, but that would be awesome. I would definitely like that.”

Where do you feel your game stands at this point?

“I like to shoot a lot, I need to work on my post moves a lot, particularly my left hand. Rebounding has been kind of a problem. It was good in Indianapolis, but I’ve struggled lately with it. My shot blocking is really getting a lot better though, and people seem to notice that.”

Do you plan on taking any visits?

“All of the schools, the first thing they say is that they want me to come down and check out the school. I like Missouri State a lot, I’m going to visit there. In August or September, I’ll probably go down to Furman in South Carolina and maybe Arkansas State and some others too.”

How are you working out and improving your frame?

“I’ve been working out with Nolan Berry [2013 top recruit]. I need to get stronger, but we lift weights four times a week.”

When do you plan on making a decision?

“This is all so new to me. I started getting recruited just this summer. It’s going to be a while.”

When I saw Moeller at the St. Louis Summer Classic, he’s an intriguing prospect. He’s got a decent skill set and face-up game for a kid his size. There’s no doubt about it, though, he needs to get much stronger. At times, rebounding is a problem purely because he’s not strong enough. He uses his body well and doesn’t get into foul trouble much.

He’s also a very high character kid. He doesn’t seem too overwhelmed by the recruiting process, despite the fact that it’s so new to him.

Sidenote: Saint Louis University wants to get him to come down to open gyms, but Moeller said he hasn’t had the time to with such a crazy July schedule.


And from Earl Austin, Jr.'s website about last weekend's tournament: 

Team Swish (Zykan): Team Swish finished 2-2 in the tournament, losing a  heartbreaker to the ECI Prospects (N.D.) at the buzzer in the first round of the Gold Division. They have perhaps the most intriguing prospect in the 2012 class in St. Louis in 6'10" Eric Moeller of DeSmet. Eric played sparingly at DeSmet as a junior, so he does not have much experience. What he does have are some nice skills and some athletic ability. There were coaches from Northern Iowa, Belmont and others there to watch him. Those are very good college programs. Eric has shown the ability to score in the lane and around the free throw line with a nice touch. He was consistently getting 15 to 18 points a game. He has to be a more aggressive rebounder.
During one game, Eric had no rebounds at halftime. I immediately walked over to the bench and told Eric and his coach that he needed to get busy on the boards with all of these coaches watching. Eric went out and grabbed seven rebounds in the second half. One college coach who I was sitting with really liked him. "We put an emphasis on skill and he's got skills." There is a nice write-up on Eric on the website, Check it out.

Some of the coaches were also intrigued by 6'7" Connor Fleming (Westminster
Christian) and 6'8" Alex Winter (Marquette). Connor is a versatile kid who is very comfortable on the perimeter. Sometimes, he will get the offense going from the point. When you are 6'7" and can play multiple positions like Connor does, you are going to get noticed. Winter also had a few nice moments of aggressive play on Sunday. He crashed the boards and got a few putbacks. Like Moeller, he is one a high school team with a high-profile big-man teammate (Moeller with Nolan Berry, Alex with Ryan Rosburg), so he has to take advantage of these opportunities to stand out on his own. The more aggressive he plays, the better results he gets. Jamie Hudson (DeSmet) has been playing well in both local tournaments that I've seen him in. Jamie is 6'4", but he has lost about 20 pounds. He has a little more mobility and he is shooting the ball with more confidence from the 3-point line.

Oh, and here's something I found about my brother Gary...He's in the UCSB (University of California - Santa Barbara) record book for rebounds and rebound averages as a freshman and Most improved player 1980-1981

Gotta love Google!!

We're headed to Shawnee, Kansas, today for the KC Prep Invitational - Eric's last AAU tournament.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

115 Degrees and Appreciating Every Minute

What did we do today, the hottest day of the summer...when the thermometer said 101 and the humidity said, nope not hot enough, let's add steam, and cranked it up to 115?

I walked dogs at Stray Rescue. They have to potty outside no matter how hot it is :) Afterwards I gave extra love and and a soft blanket to Marquita, a severely abused dog Randy Grim (the founder) recently rescued. The minute I put the blanket down she curled right up. I formed it into a bed around her and she buried her head even deeper.

Her skin is raw, she has insect bites all over her ears, inside and out, and she has an eye infection. I can tell she doesn't feel good. She barely lifts her head. But she is so sweet! I got in her "apartment" and kissed and pet her, and when I tried to leave she put her paw on my arm, like "don't go!" Of course I stayed longer. I'm such a sucker for the paw thing :)

KC watched as they built a Wal-Mart next door. Not really, but it seems like it. Beautiful woods filled with deer and coyotes will be replaced by a human-filled mansion overlooking our pool.

Eric had practice in an un-airconditioned gym with no fans.

He was sweaty, but at least he looked good in his new Kevin Durant shoes...

Size 16. He special orders and designs them himself

and Stella, the only smart one, stayed inside in the air conditioning.

Some day soon when the weather is nice (95 would be good) I'll sit by the pool

And Eric won't have practice in a hot gym

And the Stray Rescue dogs can do more outside than potty

But I promise I'm not complaining...Give me HOT any day!!

Because soon enough - too soon - it'll be cold out once again


Best Cheap Mascara Ever

Thought I'd share my favorite makeup product...Maybelline Volume Express Classic Waterproof Mascara. I've tried so many mascaras, even the different Maybelline versions, and this one in the blue tube is the best. The brush applies the perfect amount and doesn't go on clumpy like the other ones I've tried (don't get the one in the yellow tube!), and I don't have to curl my eyelashes, which is good since I don't own an eyelash curler. 

I buy the brownish-black color since my hair is fake blond.  Available at grocery stores, Walgreens, etc. for only around $7.20.

Try it.  You'll like it.  Maybelline.

You're welcome :)

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Website Mentions

From Ramey Basketball's Website:

Here's a look at the early spring AAU stock boosters for the area. Players who have started to garner the attention of D1 schools around the country.

2011 Stock Boosters

Here is a look at the 16 of the areas top spring Stock Boosters so far from the area:

6’8   Nolan Berry Desmet 2013 St. Louis Eagles 16U
6’3   Deshawn Munson East St. Louis 2013 St. Louis Eagles 16U
6’4   Malcolm Hill Belleville East 2013 SW IL Jets 16U
6’10  Colin Ferguson Desoto 2012 Team Rameybasketball
6’8   Jordan Granger McCluer North 2012 St. Louis Eagles
6’5   BJ McClaughlin Hazelwood Central 2012 Gateway Basketball Club
6’9   Ryan Rosburg Marquette 2012 Gateway Basketball Club
5’10 Demetrius Floyd McCLuer 2012 Baylor Impact
6’6   Marcus Mason Granite City 2012 Team Rameybasketball
6’6   Raymond Doby Cahokia 2014 SW IL Jets 15U
6’5   Darius Austin Cahokia 2014 SW IL Jets 15U
6’2   Darrion Reddick Belleville East 2014 SW IL Jets 15U
6’8   Eric Moeller Desmet 2012 Team Swish
6’9   Austin Gilliam Oakville 2014 Team Swish 15U
6’7   Jordan Martin Hazelwood Central 2013 St. Louis Eagles 17U
6'3   Paul McRoberts Soldan 2012 Baylor Impact

Not sure where they got 6'8".  His hair must have been really flat that day :)  Or maybe he didn't have his high heels on.

From Earl Austin, Jr.'s website:

Home | Prep Basketball | Mullen’s High Profile Showcase Recap

Team Swish (Zykan): I watch the Swish play in a couple of games and the play I was most impressed with was 6’4” forward Jamie Hudson (DeSmet). Jamie really shot the ball well in the games I watched and he also scraped inside for some offensive rebounds. It looks like he has lost some weight and it has helped his mobility. I was looking forward to seeing 6’10” Eric Moeller play in this event because there were a slew of college scouts in the house. Unfortunately, Eric was slapped with two touch fouls early in the first game and had to take a seat. When he came back in, I was happy to see him play aggressive and he got some things done. One interesting player for college coaches to see was forward Connor Fleming (Westminster Christian). He is a legit 6’7” and he can play multiple positions.

(That was playing with a sprained ankle.)

E training with Tracy

The Big KC Prep Invitational /Pricechopper tournament is July 28-31. That'll be the last AAU tournament. They may play in a tournament in St. Louis next week.  I think E's ankle is doing better.  He's working out with Tracy today.

Have a great day!

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Mr. "T" Receives Arby's NBA Prayer and Scholarship Offer

E's team only won one game in Indiana, but he played well.  After playing a couple of games a day, though, he wears out as the days go on.  In the last game he rolled his ankle.  I think his body gets tired of holding him up :)

On the way home from Indiana we stopped at an Arby's. While Eric was in line, an elderly woman came up to him and said she'd like to pray for him to make it to the NBA. She held his hands, closed her eyes and bowed her head. That was very nice of her and I'm not sure what compelled her to do that besides the "tall" factor and subsequent "do you play basketball" question, but that's probably the most random thing I've ever seen. But hey, prayer works, so we'll take it!

In the car, minutes after stopping at Arby's, the coach from Lafayette College (Division I school in Pennsylvania) called Eric on his cell phone and offered him a scholarship...this despite the technical he got during the game the coach watched. E was just sticking up for his teammate who had gotten clotheslined and landed on his back. Eric said something to the ref about getting the game under control before someone gets hurt, and E (his coach then jokingly referred to him as Mr. "T") was told to take a seat. The Lafayette coach said he would have done the same thing and even said something to the ref after the game that the kid should have been kicked out of the game.

It wasn't in writing, so it's unofficial, but it's the first school who's mentioned anything about a scholarship. The coach said he has two to offer. He told Eric to have a good season "but not too good so we don't lose you to someone else."

E's high school coach told us the Cal State Fullerton coach was supposed to watch Eric in Indiana but didn't make it. He said he'll be there to watch him in today's tournament in St. Louis. First game is at 2:45. I hope E's ankle holds up. It's pretty swollen.

While in Indy, Eric went with a teammate to visit Butler University between games.  I would have gone, but Brad Stevens was  out buying me flowers on vacation with his wife and kids, so I figured why bother.

That's it from Basketball Central.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Indianapolis Tournament

Team Swish is not doing very well - two ugly losses - but you would not believe the talent here. Well, if you saw the college coaches in attendance, you would believe the talent here :) Our guys were star struck. Here is John Calipari (light blue shirt in front row) Jay Wright from Villanova on his left, and someone else who looks familiar but no one was sure who he was.

Coach K from Duke (navy blue shirt)

Ben Howland from UCLA, Frank Haith from Mizzou, Mike Anderson from Arkansas, John Thompson from Georgetown, and Rick Barnes from Texas were all there. I think they were all there.

Furman, who has sent Eric letters every other day, watched him play. So did Paul Lusk from Missouri State. He did really well too. Even though his team lost, in both games he had half the team's points...18 and 17.

Gotta run! Meeting in the lobby in two minutes to go to the next game.


Monday, July 4, 2011

Kleenex Mandatory


Can you imagine volunteering to do this?  This story was written by Penny Elms, a writer for the National Examiner.

Manhattan, NY - Tails Magazine recently published a story about a truly phenomenal group of individuals in New York - volunteers with the Compassion Program.
The program, which started four years ago, is designed to give dogs that are scheduled for euthanasia, one final, special moment with a loving person.

The night before dogs are to be killed, volunteers are presented with a list of names or ID numbers - those on the list will be gone by the same time 24 hours later....

In this program, the volunteer spends some special, one on one time with the dog slated to be killed - walking, snuggling, playing, or enjoying a treat.

The program is currently in place at the Manhattan Animal Care and Control Center in New York - the hope is to expand to other shelters throughout the state.

Those involved with the program participate in this heart-wrenching act of love because they see the need - and they feel that they are making a direct impact on the dogs - providing those about to die with one last beautiful act of love and compassion.

** I was going to write more - but I simply can't. I have never heard of a program like this and the entire concept has completely brought me to tears.

The volunteers that are a part of this program are made of much stronger stuff than I am - I can barely write about their courageous act of compassion - I cannot fathom how they go in and spend time bonding with these dogs - knowing that the dogs will be dead in the morning.

Holding them - talking to them - bonding with them - and then having to walk away......

(Don't say I didn't warn you)

Friday, July 1, 2011

Elite Camp News

Eric's Mizzou and MSU camp news

Quick update on E's camps last week: First of all, thanks to GPS and his keen sense of direction, Eric made it from St. Louis to Springfield to Columbia without getting lost.

At Missouri State, he said they pretty much "woo'd" him and the other campers: "Look at our nice gym," "look at this nice BBQ we're having for you," "meet our players," etc. As far as playing, I think he was intimidated at first. When I talked to him to make sure he got there okay, he said the other campers were "really big." At the end of the camp, though, he thought he felt he played well and was one of the better players. He said the coaches schmoozed with him and told him they'd see him in July at the AAU tournaments.

Mizzou's "Advanced Skills" camp was totally different. E said there were about 40 kids and he was "just another camper." It was more of an instructional camp, but definitely "elite." Eric thought he did well and in fact was picked at the end of camp to be on one of the All-Star teams who then competed and were evaluated by the coaches.

The all-important tournaments that college coaches attend start next week and go through the end of July. We leave for Indiana on Tuesday. Now that I can blog and post pictures from my iPad (gosh I love this little device), I'll update each day.

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