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Dallas Moore: A historic career

Dallas Moore has made UNF history multiple times. Photo by Christian Ayers

Dallas Moore, the greatest player in UNF history, finished his career with a record-shattering performance. The 6 foot 1 guard dazzled the crowd with his fancy footwork and just-right floaters night after night.

“When he came here, he never had a chip on his shoulder. And most guys like him do,” Head Coach Matthew Driscoll said.

Relatively unknown his first year, Moore started his path as an Osprey offensive threat during the 2013-2014 season.

He played and started in all 32 games, leading the squad in scoring with 12.5 points every game.

Driscoll knew Moore was a different player after the guard dropped 27 on Indiana Dec. 7, 2013.

At the end of his freshman campaign, Moore earned ASUN Freshman of the Year with three 20 plus games under his belt and a new freshman scoring record of 399 points.

Coming off an impressive debut season, Moore put the Ospreys on the map.

Playing an average 32.5 minutes a game, he moved up the ranks in scoring, becoming third in the ASUN with 15.8 points per game. At the conclusion of the 2014-15 season, Moore finished in the top ten for three-pointers, free throws and assist to turnover ratio. This versatility help push the Ospreys to make a run in the conference all the way to the opening round of March Madness in Dayton, Ohio.

Back at UNF, Moore was named the UNF Male Co-Athlete of the Year for his work on and off the court.

Dallas Moore on the court. Photo by Lili Weinstein

Moore didn’t take his foot off the gas at the start of his junior season. With an even more experienced roster, he continued to lead the charge for a repeat to March Madness. Unlike the previous seasons, Moore was the ASUN’s scoring leader with 19.8 points per game.

Once again, Moore broke even more scoring records at North Florida. With 672 points to his name, he set the single season record along with 205 assists.

Moore’s offensive muscles flexed throughout the season, scoring 31 points against future No. 2 overall pick Ben Simmons’ LSU in a 108-119 overtime loss.

Moore was not finished with his lights-out scoring, hitting the 1,000 point mark and securing the all-time leading scorer at UNF.

Behind his leadership on the court, consistent scoring night after night and ability to make plays, Moore was named the Atlantic Sun Player of the Year.

This would not be the only time that season that Moore’s abilities would be recognized.

His stellar performance put his name in the conversation for national awards, leading to him as a finalist for the Lou Henson Award.

Moore tested the draft waters before deciding to come back to UNF for his final season. According to Driscoll, over multiple NBA teams have come to see Moore.

The nationally-recognized point guard came back to North Florida to make one final run for the NCAA tournament.

His playmaker strengths did not go unnoticed with a passionate Driscoll singing praises.

“This dude [is getting] these dudes’ shots and it’s an incredible thing and we are blessed to have him stirring the drink as some people say,”  Driscoll said. “He got the keys to Lamborghini.”

Moore had 10 games with 30 or more points, most notably against then-ranked No. 24 Florida with 31 points. He scored his 2,000th point during his senior season in a 102-67 victory over Palm Beach Atlantic on Jan. 2.

Dallas Moore goes for a shot. Photo by Nicole Sutton

“His game became the game that every pro wants his game to be,” Driscoll said. “The ability to facilitate, the ability to give dimes, the ability to find teammates, the ability to not only score but to distribute.”

On average, Moore dished out four balls a game to teammates, ending his career with 551 assists to rank sixth in the conference.

In conference play, Moore shifted his game into the next level. Against Lipscomb, he had a career-high 39 points.

Moore carried the Ospreys into the ASUN tournament, leaving it all on the court.

He earned back-to-back ASUN Player of the Year for his presence on the court. Moore is only the third player to do this, with the last one in 1989 for Georgia Southern’s Jeff Sanders.

The ability to make plays and score buckets helped Moore break even more records in the ASUN and the state of Florida.

With 2,437 points, he has the second-most in ASUN history. His offensive production of 25.4 points a game has not been seen in over 30 years of conference play.

Moore is the all-time Division I scorer in Florida, a feat last done by Charlie Bradley of South Florida.

Driscoll sees Moore’s growth over the four years at North Florida. Moore has never missed a game.

“Dallas has taken the scoring mentality from his freshman season and transformed his game to a complete understanding of when to pass or shoot and sometimes take over play,”  Driscoll said after the ASUN awards were named in a statement.

Over his time at UNF, the support of fans has grown from sparse crowds to massive turnouts night after night. Moore can be seen spending time with the fans, and in the enormous big head that fans hold up in the stands.

During his career, Moore has racked up numerous accolades for the conference and nationally setting him apart for similar size players.

After college, Moore plans on staying in Jacksonville to work out and continue to improve his game with Coach Driscoll.  His play on the court definitely has changed the culture at North Florida and will help him go far in making a mark in the draft and professional basketball.

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