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Aug. 18, 2010
Columbia, Mo. -
Missouri's Steve Moore is back stateside following his nine-day basketball excursion through Europe to play for the Global Sports Academy. Moore and his teammates left Los Angeles on Aug. 9 and returned on Tuesday after playing five games in countries such as Belgium, France and Germany.
While one game on the tour was cancelled, Moore and his teammates got extended playing time as the 10-team roster was quickly cut down to six due to some late player cancellations.
"We all got quite a bit of playing time on the trip and since I was one of the only big guys, I really focused on my rebounding and defense since that's what the team needed from me. They didn't keep stats, or at least I didn't know how to read them, but I played well. I feel really good about the trip."
Moore estimated his averages to be around 7-8 points, better than 10 rebounds and 2.5 blocks over the five games for his team that went 4-1. Moore hit double figures in his club's lone loss, but enjoyed the experience of playing overseas and playing under the international (FIBA) rules.
"I paid attention to a lot of things over there," Moore said. "Realistically, I may have the chance to go play in Europe, so I paid attention to the culture, learned how the referees called the games and how the game is played over there. They let you play physical in the paint, but they call the game differently. If you jab-step or try to drive, you have to put the ball on the floor before you take a step. They will call you for a travel all day. But we all got used to it and we played well."
While Moore's club played against more experienced European teams, it didn't stop the Kansas City native from working on new elements of his game.
"I worked on low-post moves, my passing, things like that," Moore said. "I think we all wanted to make this as beneficial as possible from a basketball standpoint. We also took in the culture as well during our downtime."
Moore roomed with Arizona State guard Trent Lockett on the trip and enjoyed taking in the sights of Europe with teammates such as Michael Santos of Santa Clara.
"The best part of our trip was spending the day in London," Moore said. "We didn't play a game there, but we had some free time come up and we took the train. Those cities have so much history. No matter how much time you had in a certain town, it was never enough to see everything."
Moore also had a chance to taste the local flare, with his favorite food being the Belgium Waffles with whipped cream. Further down on his list was the hamburger (of sorts).
"I ordered a hamburger, but it tasted more like meatloaf," Moore said. "Maybe that was the closest thing they had to a burger."
All in all, his experience was one he will remember for the rest of his life.
"It was definitely a fun time," Moore said. "I had a chance to play basketball, experience different cultures and meet a bunch of new people. It was great, but I'm sure glad to be back home too."