Q&A w/ Siena PG Ronald Moore
JT: Your nickname is “Rizz". How did you get the nickname, and how do you like it?
RM: My brother gave me that nickname when I was in 4th or 5th grade: I am not sure how he came up with it. At first it was just used by my family and friends, but now a lot of people call me that.
JT: You weigh a little over 150 pounds: do you consider your size to be a blessing or a curse?
RM: It is definitely a blessing, as it allows me to be fast on the court, but I also take pride in being strong as possible.
JT: You are the only Siena starter not scoring 10+ PPG, but your 7.7 APG is #1 in the nation. Is your team’s balanced scoring the key to you having so many assists, and do you feel like you are one of the best PGs in the country?
RM: The scoring balance allows me to have a lot of different options before I make a pass. I am a finalist for the Bob Cousy Award (given to the top college PG in the country), which is a great honor. Everyone has their own opinion, but I think I do a great job running this team.
JT: Take me through the 2008 NCAA tourney, when you knocked off #4 seed Vanderbilt: (Note: Moore had 11 points, 11 assists, and 6 rebounds in the game)
RM: It meant a lot, as beating an SEC team was a great accomplishment, and it also helped us have confidence in 2009 when we beat OH ST. It is a lot of fun to represent your school.
JT: In the 2nd round you had 5 assist in a loss to Villanova, who got a big game from Scottie Reynolds. Would it be extra-special this year if you get the chance for revenge against them in the Elite 8?
RM: It would be nice to match up against Villanova again. They have great guard play and are a great team that deserved their #2-seed, but we just have to take it 1 game at a time.
JT: In the 2009 tourney, you made the game-tying 3-PT shot at the end of the 1st OT, then made the game-winning 3-PT shot with 3.9 seconds left in the 2ndOT to beat OHST in the 1st round: how were you able to play your best when it mattered the most?
RM: I want to be known as a player who rises to the occasion, which I was able to do in that game.
JT: What did it mean to you to do it in honor of your mom’s best friend, who had died one week earlier from cancer?
RM: It was an emotional moment for me because my mom’s best friend was like an aunt and had been to a lot of my games in the past.
JT: In the 2nd round you played all 40 minutes and had 10 AST in a 7-PT loss to #1-seed Louisville. Did your mom say anything to you after the game?
RM: She just told me that she was proud of me. I was used to playing a lot of minutes all season long, so I am able to keep going strong and play with endurance all game long.
JT: Your family has a very impressive athletic lineage, as your cousin John Salmons plays in the NBA, your uncle Jimmy Baker played in the ABA, and your brother Chuck currently plays basketball overseas: do you think it is a coincidence that you have such an athletic family, or do you credit at least some of your success to genetics?
RM: I think genetics is definitely a part of it.
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