Collected along the way were three All-State ratings, an All-American label at the end of the recent season, and 20 All-Tournament medals, all of them during his senior campaign which saw him pour through 1,965 points during a 65 game schedule.
The lanky cager, who handles himself in a manner that belies his 6-7 frame, possesses all the talents looked for in a basketball player.
In addition to a magic shooting touch that enabled him to maintain a field goal average of almost 60" and a free throw record of about 90% during his high school career, the agile pivotman was also a terror on the backboards.
During his final two seasons, Moreland snared an average of 26 rebounds per game, often collecting more than the entire opposing team.
He claims two major records in the state among the prep cagers. His 52 points in one game during the past season broke the record in that department, and during his junior campaign, the deadly accurae marksman at one time hit 27 consecutive free throws. Of these 27, 19 of them came in one contest.
Moreland is a master of most of the shots in the books, but specializes in a left-handed jump shot and an unusually accurate hook with either hand.
His ability to clear the floor easily, with an uncanny sense of timing and coordination in a player of his height, make him the dominant figure in almost every game he participated in throughout his career. In a post season benefit game that pitted the outstanding prep players of his area against a team of current and veteran college players from a nearby poweful basketball school, the talented Moreland sank 48 points in one outing and 39 in a second one.
Playing against him in the games was a 1955 All-American small college player.
During his stay at Minden, Moreland led the team to a state championship during his junior year and to a 60-5 record in his final season that saw them lose out in a close game in the semi-final tilt.
Aside from his hardwood talents, Moreland is also a baseball standout. Covering first base with a reach that permits a target that is hard to miss, he is also powerful at the plate.
During his junior year on the diamond, he smashed out a .489 average over a 20 game season and led his team to an 18-2 record.
Scholastically, he has maintained a straight "A" average so far in high school, is president of his parish's Student Council, president of his own school's council, and also president of his junior and senior classes. He was chosen one of the delegates to Pelican Boys State after his junior year. In any phase of school activities he is always a leader.
Upon completing high school, Moreland plans to enter the field of civil engineering at the college of his choice.
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