Moore & Neufeld Leave SLU
Editor: Below is a press release from Saint Louis University
ST. LOUIS – Saint Louis University’s Department of Athletics announced today that men’s basketball student-athletes Zeke Moore and Matt Neufeld have requested to be released from their athletic scholarships and intend to transfer to other institutions.
“Zeke and Matt are great representatives of the Billiken program who worked hard day in and day out to help this team,” SLU men’s basketball coach Travis Ford said. “We wish Zeke and Matt nothing but the best. They are great young men and I hope they find success.”
Moore, a freshman, appeared in 29 games for the Billikens this past season and scored 5.3 ppg. Neufeld, a sophomore, played in 53 games in his two-year career.
(Head line picture courtesy of slubillikens.com)
It is disappointing for SLU fans to see two young and talented players leave the program. Particularly damaging is the departure of the St. Louisan Moore, who at 6’6 and a proven high school scorer for Riverview Gardens, played at a very respectable freshman level. Moor appeared to show promise of good things to come.
For Ford to be successful he needs talent, depth and in this writer’s opinion, local players. Moore was one of the first metro area players to show faith in the Billiken program during Ford’s first season. To see him leave so quickly is unfortunate.
We rarely know why players transfer. It could be for 20 great, unavoidable reasons, but short of knowing those reasons, this can’t be viewed as positive.