Nick Moore: Former Nyack Basketball Standout Continues Career Overseas

Nick Moore: Former Nyack Basketball Standout Continues Career Overseas
Most athletes dream of always moving to the next highest level possible, both in their personal game and in the competitive level of play. The majority of collegiate student athletes finish their sports career when they graduate and continue to move on to bigger and better things, applying the lessons they learned from their playing days in their new lives outside the court or field. Some athletes, however, have the opportunity to move on to bigger and better things in terms of still competing in the sport they love. Nyack Warriors alum Nicholas Moore has pursued his passion of basketball beyond his college days, playing internationally in both England and Italy for two successful professional seasons as he looks to progress further in his game. Nick Moore vs. Villanova

Nicholas Moore played at Nyack College from 2013-2015, where he was selected CACC All-Conference in both of his seasons. His dream was to ultimately play professionally, a process that was set in motion after his time at Nyack. The travels all started when Coach Jason Crafton, the head coach of the Nyack Warriors men's basketball program, recommended Moore to a tryout in Buffalo for an ABA Team called the Buffalo 716ers after the conclusion of his collegiate career.  Nick performed well and was offered a contract with the Buffalo Team but declined to pursue overseas options.  Coach Crafton also refered Moore to a combine called iBall United run by Villanova Alum Howard Brown.  During the combine iBall took notice of Moore's talents, as he was one of the top players at the camp averaging 24 points and 12 rebounds per game.  Through iBall, the opportunity was extended for Moore to play in an international league in Europe, which he accepted. From there, he signed with the Bradford Dragons, a basketball club from England.

When asked about the transition from college to professional ball, Moore stated that "as a player, [I had] to be prepared more mentally than ever before" due to the shift of playing in another country. Playing with unknown teammates at an international level was an adjustment, but he noted that Coach Crafton and the Nyack basketball program had helped him to "build the mentality of wanting and expecting more out of your teammates during the game," which helped him settle into the team environment. He also had to adapt to a new language and a new style of game play, along with managing the different expectations of him as an American player. Moore described his season in England as a time for him to work hard and keep pushing to "higher levels." His drive paid off, as Moore was the top scorer for the 2015-16 season with averages of 21 points and 10 rebounds per game. In the next season, Moore went to Italy, again setting his focus on working hard. He knew he "had to kill from the start" since he came in halfway through the season.  He kept up the intensity of his game, averaging 20.9 points and 10 rebounds per game. He will be returning to Italy for the upcoming year.