Millbrook High coach Scott McInnes won’t be surprised if 5-foot, 10-inch point guard Shi’Chee Moore is a standout in Monday’s N.C. Coaches Association East-West All-Star basketball game.
Moore isn’t a towering presence, but he led Millbrook to the N.C. High School Athletic Association 4A Eastern Regionals the last three years and to a state finals berth as a junior.
“He led us to those wins,” McInnes said. “He’s the best passer I’ve ever coached. He’s a great passer with great vision. He sees the court and is really, really good in transition. I know Coach (Mike) Rotolo wants to get up and down the court, and Shi’Chee is a perfect fit for how he plays.”
Moore, who was the Cap Eight Conference player of the year and will attend Catawba Valley Community College in Hickory, became more of a scorer his senior year, but is comfortable setting up others.
“He can score, and we needed him to score more for us this year, and he led us with 12 points per game, but he’s also good at getting past his guy and getting others involved,” McInnes said.
One of Moore’s teammates who can score is Chapel Hill guard Denzel Ingram, who averaged 24 points per game and is headed to UNC Charlotte. Ingram is the one East teammate Moore has played with before.
“I’m looking forward to playing with Denzel for the final time,” Moore said. “We played AAU ball together since we were 10. I’m more of a passer, and he’s more of a scorer, but I know we’ll have fun, and we’re going there to try to win it.”
Rotolo, who stepped down from the Southern Vance High coaching job to coach at Granville Community College, said he hadn’t seen Moore in person but is impressed with the Millbrook guard on video.
“We’ve got a great mix of players from Eastern North Carolina,” Rotolo said. “I talked to Scott and other coaches, and they all say he’s a true point guard.
“I’ve got to the kids that if they get out and run, he will get the ball to them. I’m really looking forward to working with him.”
Moore played soccer, baseball, football and basketball until middle school.
“I played football and basketball in middle school, but I took basketball more seriously. I think picking basketball was a great decision for me,” said Moore, who moved up to the varsity team his freshman year.
“Every year we wanted to improve and get better, go further in the playoffs. We lost in the state finals my junior year and then lost to the team that won the state championship (New Hanover) in the Regional Finals my senior year. Some teams looked at us as being small and underestimated us, but we had great coaches and played as a team.”
Moore has spent the summer working out, getting ready to go to Catawba Valley.
He plans to use that as a springboard to play at a four-year school. But first he plans to help his East team win.
“He led us to a lot of wins and his game is definitely good for an all-star game. He can play with anyone,” McInnes said.