Syracuse Basketball: 4-star Elijah Moore is way more than 3-point shooter

Syracuse basketball, Elijah Moore (Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)
Syracuse basketball, Elijah Moore (Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports) /

Throughout his playing days in high school and on the AAU circuit, Syracuse basketball 2024 four-star commit Elijah Moore has shown off a keen ability to light up the scoreboard due to his stellar long-range shooting.

In fact, ever since the Orange coaching staff landed a verbal commitment from the 6-foot-4 Moore back in late January, I’ve seen numerous national analysts and scouts label this Syracuse basketball pledge as perhaps the best 3-point shooter in the senior class.

While that’s great to hear, and I look forward to Elijah Moore knocking down shots from beyond the arc when he gets to the Hill, his all-around game extends way beyond just being a lethal shooter from 3-point land, many high-school hoops experts have said.

One of those experts, by the way, recently dished on Moore’s skillset in a recent article. Let’s have a look.

A top expert goes into detail on Syracuse basketball commit Elijah Moore.

A top-60 national prospect in the 2024 cycle, Moore picked the Orange over other finalists Alabama, Arkansas, Miami and Oklahoma State. He is spending his senior year in the 2023-24 stanza at the Our Saviour Lutheran School in the Bronx, N.Y., which is part of the Atlanta-based professional league Overtime Elite.

Zach Smart of, who extensively covers high-school basketball and recruiting in New York City and throughout the state of New York, agrees that Moore can accumulate points quickly, particularly from downtown.

"However, Smart goes on to further say, “Moore’s defensive grit and college-ready build, among other transferable traits, have enabled him to shed the label of shooter. He’s developed a timeliness to his scoring, with poised mid-range jumpers and efficiency in his swift attacking game.”"

This spring and summer in grassroots basketball on the Adidas 3SSB circuit, Elijah Moore did shoot lights out from 3-point range, and he was one of the top scorers in the 3SSB league.

But as Smart pointed out, Moore has done a nice job evolving his game, where he’s scoring more and more at all three levels, while also making his presence known on the defensive side and on the glass.

I’ve said it time and time again. Even though a couple of recruiting services rank Elijah Moore near the top 50 of his class, he remains vastly underrated.

Then again, assuming he shines on a national stage while competing as a senior in Overtime Elite, I adamantly believe that Moore will continue to climb in the 2024 national rankings. He’s poised for a stellar tenure in Central New York down the line.

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