Former runner Taze Moore will play in the NBA Summer League

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — California State University Bakersfield’s men’s basketball program learned Friday that Roadrunner alumnus Taze Moore has agreed to a deal to play in the 2022 NBA Summer League with the Brooklyn Nets.

“We are very proud of Taze and all that he has overcome and accomplished,” said Rod Barnes, head coach of the CSUB men’s basketball team. “In Taze’s five years at Bakersfield, he has left a lasting mark on our program. We will continue to support him as he embarks on this new journey.”

Joining CSUB alumnus Tyrell Corbin, Moore became just the second former runner to be invited to the NBA Summer League, an 11-day competition that offers young players the chance to impress league executives and coaches. NBA while playing among elite talent. Past Summer League MVPs include eventual NBA stars such as Blake Griffin, John Wall, Damian Lillard and Lonzo Ball.

A native of Southaven, Miss., Moore came to Bakersfield in 2016 as a true freshman and became an All-Big West performer by the time he graduated, leading the CSUB in most statistical categories at the during his last two seasons as a `Runner. From his high-flying dunks and blocks to the big smile that is frequently seen on his face, Moore’s time in Bakersfield is fondly remembered by many CSUB basketball fans.

After earning a bachelor’s degree from CSUB, Moore traveled to Texas to use up his final year of eligibility, granted due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with the University of Houston men’s basketball team. . He continued to shine and became an integral part of the Cougar team who pulled off two March Madness upsets on his way to an Elite 8 appearance. Moore made a great bow to his college career by winning the College contest Slam Dunks 2022.

With all the accolades and accomplishments under his belt, Moore’s journey led him to the opportunity to compete for a spot on an NBA team. Bakersfield has now seen two `Runners accomplish this feat during the Rod Barnes Era (since 2011-12). Another former runner, Kebu Stewart, is the only NBA draft pick in program history after his second-round selection in the 1997 draft.

Fans interested in heading to Las Vegas to cheer on Moore as he takes on the rest of the NBA’s top young talent can find the NBA Summer League schedule. here.


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