Moore going D-I

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By Dwane Wilder

Campbell County High School senior Jessica Moore is only the third girl in school history to be offered a college basketball scholarship from an NCAA Division I school.

Moore has accepted an offer from Campbell University, an Atlantic Sun Conference college located 40 miles south of Raleigh, N.C.

She signed a national letter-of-intent Tuesday during a formal signing ceremony at the CCHS library. A sharp shooting guard, the 5-foot-8 Moore led the Lady Cougars with 15.9 points per game last season. She was also tops on her team in 3-pointers made (71) and steals (71). As a sophomore, she led CCHS with 58 steals.

Moore picked Campbell over Samford, Belmont, Lincoln Memorial and UT-Chattanooga. She was sold on Campbell after making an official visit there on Oct. 23.

“It just felt right,” said Moore, who hasn’t yet decided on a major.

Moore attracted a lot of attention last summer from college recruiters while playing for the Tennessee Dawgz, an AAU basketball team coached by Clinton Police Chief Rick Scarbrough.

The Dawgz played at the AAU nationals in July.

“Jessica is a great scorer and a great competitor,” said Scarbrough.

“A lot of schools were interested in her. Campbell University is getting a ‘total package’ type player.”

Jessica’s father Daniel said his daughter’s progression on the basketball court was accelerated by local trainer Tim Zupancic from ABSolute Fitness Gym in LaFollette.

“They really helped in her strength training and conditioning,” said Daniel Moore.

Campbell County coach Ryan Browning has high hopes for his star player’s senior season, which began Tuesday night against a Morristown West team regarded as one of the best teams in the state.

“Jessica is a perfect example of how hard work can pay off,” said Browning.

“She is a team leader on and off the court. Last year, I think she came into her own. Hopefully, we can all raise our game to match her game. When you have someone sign with a big school, you hope to have the kind of season that goes along with that challenge.”