Jayden Moore just completed the eighth grade. The 2026 point guard has been playing on Hopkins High School’s varsity team for the past two seasons, which is unheard of in the Minneapolis area. On Monday, West Virginia awarded Moore with his first Division-I scholarship.
Moore hasn’t started high school yet and life is hitting him quick. From having a Twitter interaction with Kevin Durant to receiving a Power-5 offer, Moore tells WV Sports Now that he has stayed humble through the process.
“I found out about the offer through my AAU coach, I was very shocked he told me like a week before a Power-5 offer was coming but I didn’t really believe him,” he said. “When it came, I was super excited so my emotions have been high but I’m still very humble.”
Moore averaged 11.1 points for Hopkins High School as an eighth-grader, appearing in 28 games. The Minnesota native has an accelerated motor to his game, modeling his skill after two NBA All-Stars.
“I’m a pass-first point guard with a high IQ that can score on all three levels too,” Moore said. “I’ll describe myself as Kyrie [Irving] handles with Ja [Morant] playmaking.”
WVU assistant Ron Everhart made contact with Moore’s AAU coaches Brian Sandifer and Larry Suggs, giving an offer to two of their kids, Moore and Casmir Chavis. Sandifer and Suggs run Grassroots Sizzle, which has produced NBA players Chet Holmgren and Jalen Suggs.
Moore is playing two years up, playing against U16 competition. Moore is looking to continue the success that Holmgren and Suggs have left at Grassroots Sizzle.
“[Moore] is a combination of Rod Strickland and John Wall, high IQ and handle, ability to change speeds is elite,” Sandifer told WV Sports Now. “Makes all better around him and extremely confident with a whole lot of swagger.”
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“Jayden’s skill level is advanced at his age as you will see and his quickness with the basketball has to be seen to truly appreciate it. He gets in and out of his move and to his next move as quick as one will see. Has a very good shooting touch out of his dribble separation move and everything Jayden does is with a composed approach as the expression reads “next play” as opposed to any type of instant self gratification. Going at the rim Jayden is able to counter the lack of height against bigs with outstanding body control finding space to touch in shots at whatever angle. 0 to 60 as quick as anybody and Jayden scored 11 points a game as an 8th grader playing for Minnesota’s best program over the past 25 years.”
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“Jayden got minutes as a 7th grader on Hopkins which is unheard of. He also started as an 8th grader which is extremely rare for a program of that stature like Hopkins. He’s an all around PG. He can pass extremely well. Shoot from the three. Attack the rim/draw fouls. He’s also a great hall handler and he tries on defense which sometimes doesn’t happen when guys are that good on offense.”
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