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Maya April Moore was born on June 11, 1989 in Jefferson City, Missouri. She is the daughter of Mike Dabney, a guard on the Rutgers University men’s basketball team that reached the final four 1976, and Kathryn Moore. Moore had her first exposure to basketball at the age of three. Her mother mounted a hoop on the back door of their apartment to prevent her from running around the apartment.
Collins Hill High School
As a junior in 2005-06, she was named the Naismith Prep Player of the Year after leading Collins Hill High School to Georgia’s Class 5A state championship. She was only the second junior to win the Naismith award Her first dunk was one-handed off an alley-oop pass in warm-ups at a dunk contest in Charlotte, NC in December 2005. She was 16 at the time.
Full Name: Maya April Moore
Nickname: Maya Moore
Date of Birth/Born : June 11, 1989
Place of Birth: Jefferson City, Missouri.
Weight: 77 kg.
College : Connecticut
Sport : Basketball
Moore was invited to the USA Basketball Women’s National Team training camp in the fall of 2009, one of only three college players and the only junior to be invited to the training camp. The team selected to play for the 2010 FIBA World Championship and the 2012 Olympics is usually chosen from these participants. At the conclusion of the training camp, the team will travel to Ekaterinburg, Russia, where they compete in the 2009 UMMC Ekaterinburg International Invitational.
Moore was one of twenty players named to the national team pool. Twelve of this group will be chosen to represent the USA in the 2010 World Championships and the 2012 Olympics.
The USA National team began training in April of 2010 to prepare for the FIBA World Championship starting in September of 2010. Moore was one of the players selected for the training sessions, run by the national team coach Geno Auriemma. The teams played informal scrimmages, with one team made up of the players expected to be on the national team, and the other team made up of invited all star college players, referred to as the select team. Although Moore is still in college, she has been invited to be part of the national team. In the first two ten-minute games, Moore played with the national team and helped them to two wins. Then Moore switched jerseys, and played for the select team. In both games, the select team won, with Moore making the assist to put the team ahead, then stealing the ball and making the game winning shot in the final seconds. Moore ended up being on the winning side in all four games.
Moore was named as one of the National team members to represent the USA Basketball team in the WNBA versus USA Basketball. This game replaces the normal WNBA All-Star game with WNBA All-Stars versus USA Basketball, as part of the preparation for the FIBA World Championship for Women to be held in the Czech Republic during September and October of 2010.