2018 WCIA 3 Boys’ Basketball Player of the Year: Kendle Moore

High School Sports

DANVILLE (WCIA) — When Kendle Moore’s not in the gym, there’s a good chance you’ll find him at Lincoln Lanes. The Drake signee holds his own at the bowling alley and even has his own ball.

“Nah, I ain’t got my own shoes yet,” Moore said. “I was going to order me a pair soon.”

Moore doesn’t back down from a challenge, even if it’s his own bowling score. 

“At least over 150, maybe,” he said.

Moore is always looking to improve his score, much like he did with the Vikings program. As a freshman, Danville won just five games. By his senior year, Moore led the Vikings to a 26-3 record, a Big 12 conference title and an appearance in the regional final.

“It’s that he did it in a way that he brought people with him,” Danville head coach Ted Houpt said. “It wasn’t about him. It was never about him. He stayed around when things were tough here. A player like him can go to lots of different schools and he decided he wanted to stay in his hometown.” 

And he’s cemented his name there, too. Moore became the program’s all-time leading scorer this season, finishing his career with more than 1,700 points. 

“That wasn’t always my goal but my mom and my dad, they always wanted to know at the beginning of the year what the goal was like,” said Moore. “I was trying to score six points very fast but it ain’t work out like that.”

But as many achievements as Moore had individually, he didn’t meet his ultimate goal for the season. Ranked fourth in the state, the Vikings were upset at home against Moline in the regional finals.     
    
“After we lost, I ain’t talk to nobody for like three or four straight days,” he said. “I had over 50-100 messages from people talking about, ‘Good job.’ I didn’t respond back to nobody.”

“He wanted to do more for the team,” Houpt said. “I think he’s come to terms with that. We all have. It was disappointing but you can look a the whole package.”

Now looking ahead to college, the all-state guard says he’s proud of his time as a Viking.

“The past few weeks, still been like, ‘We lost and still a little down about ourselves.’ But now, I’m starting to realize we made a change at DHS.”

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