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Westside's Moore, Dawson sign college letters of intent

Westside's Khavon Moore (left) and Niaira Dawson (right) signed their letters of intent to play college basketball next season at Westside today./(Cam Gaskins, WGXA)

MACON, Ga. -- Although their commitments had been made for weeks prior to today, this afternoon Westside Seminoles Khavon Moore and Niaira Dawson officially signed their letters of intent to play college basketball next season.

Moore will be playing with Texas Tech University next year, and Dawson will be playing for Johnson County Community College.

This was the first time in Westside basketball history that players from both the boys and girls teams signed college letters of intent on the same day.

Moore leaves Westside as the No. 40 overall high school basketball prospect on ESPN's top-100 list, and is the highest rated prospect to ever sign with Texas Tech.

He holds school records for most career points (2,020), rebounds (978), and assists (408), and holds the records for most points in a season (646) and most points in a game (53).

Beyond all those statistics, Westside head coach Josh Grube is more proud of Moore for his loyalty to the program. Grube says it would have been easy for Moore, a top prospect in the nation, to transfer to a more prestigious basketball school. The fact that he chose to stay in Macon means a great deal to Grube.

"When you've got a top-10, top-50 player in the nation, they don't normally stay at a local high school for four years," coach Grube said. "I'm really thankful and appreciative of him really getting our program on the map."

Despite losing Moore to a leg injury in January, the Seminoles made it to the Final Four of this year's GHSA state playoffs. It was the program's second trip ever to the Final Four.

Before his injury, Moore averaged 22.5 points per game, 8.8 rebounds per game, and 4.6 assists per game (via MaxPreps).

As for Dawson, she joins a Johnson County program that is ranked as one of the top junior college team's in the nation. With the amount of scouts that the Lady Cavaliers play, Dawson says playing for them will give her a chance to fulfill her dream of playing Division I basketball.

"It's one of the top Juco's in the country," Dawson said. "And I felt like that was going to be the best way for me to get where I want to be, which is on the D-1 level. I felt like going to Johnson County was going get me there."

Dawson averaged 15.8 points per game and 5.2 rebounds per game (via MaxPreps) in her senior season with Westside.


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