Four-Star center Malachi Moreno gives an update on his recruitment

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On Friday night, #1 Great Grossing took down #3 Frederick Douglass in the Billy Hicks Classic by a score of 71-66.

Great Crossing big man Malachi Moreno went off against the Broncos, putting up an impressive triple-double stat line of 22 points, 17 rebounds, and 10 blocks in the win. According to the On3 Industry Ranking, Moreno is a four-star center and the fourth-best center overall in the 2025 class. He holds offers from the likes of Kentucky, Iowa, Indiana, Ohio State, Tennessee, and many more.

Following the Warhawks’ win, Moreno discussed his recruitment with KSR.

“What do you feel like you proved as an individual and then as a team?”

Moreno: “I think as an individual, I proved even if I start off slow, I’m going to finish strong. Just knowing if I come out, I’m going to finish strong. [As a team], everyone is talented. We can trust each other. It’s not just me doing all the work; it’s not just Vince [Dawson] doing all the work. It’s all 13 of us doing the work. That comes from the bench; it comes from all of us.”

“What schools are recruiting you the hardest?”

Moreno: “Right now, Kentucky, Indiana, Auburn, Alabama, [and] Notre Dame just to name a few.”

Per On3’s Recruiting Prediction Machine (RPM), it’s actually the Iowa Hawkeyes that have the best chance at landing the four-star center (28.1%), with Kentucky (16.7%) and Indiana (14.3%) trailing just behind them.

“What factors into your decision on where to go to college?”

Moreno: “Definitely a path to the NBA because that’s my ultimate dream. Ever since I started growing and hitting this recruiting process, that’s what I’ve always wanted to do. So, hopefully to make it to the NBA.”

“What’s your relationship like with John Calipari and the staff?”

Moreno: “So, that relationship has been growing since my sophomore year. It’s been an outstanding relationship. We’ve been talking every week, and it’s been great. [Calipari] treats me like family, and the coaches treat me like family. They check up on us every week, so it’s pretty nice.”

“Lastly, how are you as a person off the court?”

Moreno: “I’m a pretty fun guy. I like to do a lot of different things, try new stuff. If you want to hang out with me, just shoot me a text.”

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