BLOOMINGTON — Landon Moore has little choice but to concede the title of best football player in the family to his older brother.
After all, Griffin Moore is a 6-foot-5, 215-pound University of Illinois recruit who played quarterback at Bloomington High School.
Yet when it comes to determining the top basketball player among the BHS brothers, there is no consensus.
“I’m definitely a better basketball player,” said Landon, a 6-0, 170-pound sophomore. “Most definitely, yes.”
“He thinks he’s better than me at everything, which he should,” Griffin said. “But he shouldn’t at the same time because he’s not.”
Don’t expect Purple Raiders coach Micheal Mosley to log in with an opinion on that debate. Mosley is getting valuable and divergent contributions from both.
Landon is averaging 12.3 points while shooting 58 percent from the floor, while Griffin contributes 4.6 points and 4.8 rebounds as a physical presence and inside complement to Southern Illinois recruit Chris Payton.
“I don’t know if anybody expected him to be playing (varsity) this year besides me,” Mosley said of Landon. “I’ve been watching him since junior high. He has a real keen sense of the game. I knew he could really shoot the basketball and handle the basketball. I felt he could handle that pressure.”
Mosley inserted the younger Moore into the game in the second quarter of the season opener and watched Landon hit two quick shots.
“I said ‘OK, he’s ready to play.’ I wanted him to play a set amount of minutes every game, and he’s exceeded that already,” Mosley said. “Griffin can hit open threes, but he can really be the guy who can rebound and offset a lot of pressure on Chris.”
Griffin has long been telling Mosley of Landon’s shooting prowess and how he would boost the varsity cause when he grew bigger.
“I knew when he got his opportunity he would most likely take advantage of it, and he has been so far,” said Griffin. “He has the ability to catch and shoot, and his work ethic brought him a long way.”
The sons of BHS principal Tim Moore are playing on the same team for the first time since Landon was 5 or 6 years old.
“It’s something you never really thought about until now, but it’s exciting,” Griffin said. “We both know what we can and can’t do. I want to help him have the best year he can and hopefully get into the same (college scholarship) situation like I’m in.”
Landon doesn’t back down from taking on his bigger brother in almost anything.
“On the court, it’s just fine,” he said. “At home, it’s a different story. We argue over the dumbest things.”
With BHS at 6-0 and ranked third in Class 4A, there is little argument the Raiders could be in store for a special season with the Moore brothers playing key roles.