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Aiken gave Shawn Moore the 'green light'

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Shawn Moore’s numbers are flashy, but he wasn’t putting up shots to only accumulate statistics.

Aiken's Shawn Moore averaged 23.8 points a game and knocked down 72 3-pointers during his senior season.  MICHAEL HOLAHAN/STAFF
MICHAEL HOLAHAN/STAFF
Aiken's Shawn Moore averaged 23.8 points a game and knocked down 72 3-pointers during his senior season.

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No, Moore’s numbers – 23.8 points per game, 72 3-pointers – flowed with the offense and his scoring was a big piece of the Aiken boys basketball team’s success.

Moore also averaged 5.5 rebounds and 2.5 steals a game and worked with a talented team to make the state playoffs, where Aiken reached the second round.

Moore’s impressive season earned him The Augusta Chronicle’s South Carolina Boys Basketball Player of the Year honor.

“He earned the green light, the ability to shoot the ball when he was open,” Aiken coach Tony Harrell said. “But it wasn’t Shawn Moore forcing shots and getting points. It was in the flow of the offense.”

Moore, a senior, is an admitted late bloomer. He didn’t really start to focus on the game before the 10th grade. Harrell saw Moore and knew he would be a good player, but there were those early days when he struggled to dribble; Moore was initially just a catch-and-shoot player.

Moore improved and helped Aiken stay strong in a tough region.

“I try to play up to the region, probably play higher, just to get the win for the team,” he said.

Moore had seven games this season where he broke the 30-point mark.

“We did do things to get him shots,” Harrell said. “In our system, players make plays when they have the opportunity. You earn that privilege and he earned that.”

Looking ahead, Moore said he wants to stay close to home for college. He will go having learned a lesson late in the year. Against South Aiken, Moore got involved in a fight that led to his suspension and his team playing without him for its two games in the Class AAAA state playoffs.

But the quiet Moore enjoyed – and learned during – his Aiken career, and his Hornets coach thinks optimistically about his future.

“I think his best days are ahead of him,” Harrell said.

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