Aug. 4, 2010
COLUMBIA, Mo. - Steve Moore is now Mizzou Basketball's version of the >Most Interesting Man in the World. By Thanksgiving Day 2010, the 6-foot-9, 270-pounder will have stepped foot into five countries (in addition to the commonwealth of Puerto Rico) since beginning his career at Missouri.
Prior to his freshman season, Moore had left the United States just once. A native of Kansas City, Moore took a family cruise to Cozumel, Mexico, but has spent most of his life in the heartland.
Following his signing at MU, Moore expected trips to Manhattan, Austin, College Station, etc., but after just two full seasons in Black & Gold, his list of travel destinations will include a return to Mexico as well as stops in Canada, Belgium, France and Germany.
"It's been amazing," Moore said about his experiences traveling with basketball. "It's a great opportunity, not just playing basketball, but educationally. Meeting new people, learning about new cultures, it's a win-win."
Once he arrived on campus, Moore and his Tiger teammates traveled to Ontario, Canada, for a three-game Labor Day trip. The Tigers played three exhibition games, stayed at Niagara Falls and began bonding with a group that included seven newcomers. The trip worked masterfully, as the club raced to a school record 31-7 record and advanced to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament later that season.
Shortly after the start of that freshman campaign, Missouri participated in the 2008 Puerto Rico Tip-Off, earning wins against Fairfield and Southern Cal. Those wins ignited Missouri's ascent up the national rankings.
Fast forward to earlier this spring when Moore and his teammates ordered passports in preparation of the team's November trip to Cancun, Mexico. Little did he know that this traveling team opportunity would pop up and he'd have a chance to use that passport a few months ahead of time.
"I'm really looking forward to it," Moore said. "I have never gone to Europe and it's a great way to see the world, work on my game and get some new experiences. It's going to be a lot of fun. I've heard it's beautiful over there. I can't wait."
Moore's Global Sports Academy team will be coached by Arizona State assistant coach Lamont Smith and will take the team through Belgium, France and Germany over eight days. Moore and his teammates will leave the U.S. on Aug. 9 and will return just before the start of the school year.
|Global Sports Academy Roster
|Head Coach: Lamont Smith, Arizona State
Below is a rundown of Steve Moore's trip:
On Aug. 9, basketball will take Big Steve (or as the Tiger faithful affectionately call him Steeeeve) on his next journey, this time to Europe. The eight day tour will have Moore leaving Chicago early on the ninth, bound for Los Angeles, eventually culminating with a stop in Mechelen, Belgium on Aug. 10. Moore and his teammates will spend the day in Mechelen, primarily relaxing after the long trip, but they will also get some time to sightsee after a brief workout.
Moore and his teammates will travel to Brussels, the capitol of Belgium. The team will play its first game on the 11th, but will also visting the Grand Place, which was built for the 1954 World's Fair.
Game 2 will be held in the city of Bruges. The team will have a chance to sightsee and shop in a city known for its wealth and historic buildings.
No rest for the weary, Moore and his squad will visit Lille, France for Game 3. Another historic city, Lille rests on the France-Belgium border, but was won by France following the Spanish War of Succession in the 18th century... it was conquered by Louis XIV. (Editor's note: not a history buff, just reading off Steve's itinerary)
Game 4 is in Düsseldorf, Germany. Located on the banks of the Rhine River, the team will spend its first of two days in the city. There will be a second stop in Düsseldorf later on during the trip.
Game 5 will occur in Cologne, Germany, a city renowned for its fine eating establishments. At 6-foot-9, 270-pounds, Steve should feel right at home here!
Back to Düsseldorf for the sixth and final game of the tour. After an early game the team will spend the afternoon sightseeing at the various town centers.
Time for the trip home. The team will depart Düsseldorf for the United States and one final week of relaxation before the start of school on Aug. 23.