March 15, 1966–November 29, 2022



Jeff Moore ’06 grew up in Birmingham, Ala. and was a highly recruited basketball player coming out of Midfield High School, where he was a two-time all-state selection. In his senior year (1984), he was named Player of the Year by both The Associated Press and the BirminghamTip-off Club, was named Mr. Basketball in the state of Alabama and was a member of the Converse All-America Team. In his final two yearsat Midfield, he led the Patriots to records of 33-2 and 20-8.

A 6-foot-7, 240-pound center/forward, Moore played for the Auburn Tigers from 1984-88 before being drafted by the CharlotteHornets in the third round of the 1988 NBA Draft.

In his four seasons at Auburn, Moore was a two-time All-SEC player after taking over the starting center job following the departure of Charles Barkley to the NBA. He played in the NCAA Tournament in each of his four seasons and left the school as its second all-time leading rebounder (950) and 10th on the all-time career scoring list(1,549 points). During his senior campaign in 1987-88, he was rated the seventh-best center in the country by The Sporting News.

After playing overseas, Moore returned to Auburn to complete his degree in family and child development, graduating in 2006 at the age of 47. Moore credited former head coach Sonny Smith and assistant coach Lawrence Johnson with encouraging him to get his diploma.

“Jeff Moore was a big-time scorer,” Smith said. “He could hit the outside shot and play with his back to the basket. He always had to guard people bigger than he was. He was an outstanding player, and the better the team was, the better he played. Jeff was an integral part of the rebuilding of our program. This has been a tremendous loss for me, personally.

”Moore is survived by his sister, Valerie.

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