Moon to play at Northwest Fla. StatePublished 9:39am Thursday, April 18, 2013
Central-Coosa’s Xavier Moon has made his post-high school plans official after signing a letter of intent to play basketball for Northwest Florida State Community College.
In his senior season, Moon averaged more than 33 points a game and more than three steals for the Cougars in leading them to a 15-13 record and a Class 3A, Area 5 championship.
“It’s been a while since we had somebody sign,” CCHS boys’ basketball coach Joe Belyeu said. “We’re excited that he got this opportunity. I’m hoping he goes into this with an academic-first mindset and that he goes there and does what he needs to do to compete so he can go on to another level and keep going.”
Individually, Moon was honored as a Class 3A first-team all-state selection and was named to al.com’s inaugural Super 16 boys’ basketball team.
“I felt that starting at a junior college would be better for me because I know I’ve got to get bigger and stronger,” Moon said. “Even though I’m heading to a junior college, I’m not doubting myself. It’s going to make me work harder to get where I’m trying to go. Hopefully, being able to be that go-to guy at Central-Coosa will translate into me being able to do even more,” he said.
Michelle Wilson and Ruby Thomas, Moon’s mother and grandmother respectively, each said that they were overjoyed for Moon.
“I’m very proud of Xavier,” Thomas said. “I appreciate coach Belyeu for working with him to make him better. Growing up, all that Xavier talked about was going on to play for Coach Belyeu. It’s a blessing.”
Wilson added that her mind was eased in regards to the decision when Moon was sure of his destination.
“I’m behind him 100 percent,” Wilson said. “So long as he keeps a level head and keeps God first, he’s going to do great.”
Belyeu said Moon’s significant improvement during his senior season was a factor in garnering recruiting interests and added that his game still has room to grow.
“In his junior season, he wasn’t the player he is now,” he said. “When he decided to play football, which I didn’t want him to play, it turned out to be the best thing that ever happened to him. He got stronger and was able to take those hits. He’s going to have to work on his defense, but he’s quick enough to play it.”
Belyeu added that Moon’s contributions to the team would be hard to replace.
“We’re going to miss him, I tell you what,” Belyeu said. “We’re going to have to regroup.”