Josh A. Moore

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Josh Moore (born November 16, 1980 in Newark, New Jersey) is an American professional basketball player and actor. Moore played his professional basketball in the NBA for the Los Angeles Clippers, in China and Iran. He played college basketball for the Michigan Wolverines and is known for his scoring ability. Moore was listed at 7 ft 2 in (2.18 m), 317 lb (144 kg), and is a cousin of NBA Star Shaquille O'Neal.[1]

Josh A. Moore
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Personal information
Born (1980-11-16) November 16, 1980 (age 34)
Newark, New Jersey
Nationality USA
Listed height 7 ft 2 in (2.18 m)
Listed weight 317 lb (144 kg)
Career information
College University of Michigan
Pro career 2004–present
Position Center


High school[edit]

  • Moore ranked 26th overall in the ABCD Camp 1999 senior class rankings and the 4th best low post player in the country.[2] Moore was consistently ranked among the top 50 prep players in the country by amateur ranking publications.
  • Finished his high school career at St. Thomas More Academy (Oakdale, CT) where he averaged 19 points and 10 rebounds in his senior campaign on his way to receiving a McDonald’s high school basketball All American nomination.

Collegiate career[edit]

  • Contrary to reports, Moore was never enrolled in any other academic institutions prior to attending the University of Michigan. Moore had previously made verbal commitments to UCLA and Rutgers before deciding on Michigan

University of Michigan(2000–02)

  • Freshman (2000–01): Averaged 4.4 points and 2.7 rebounds in 11.8 minutes a contest. Started five games.
  • Sophomore (2001–02): Averaged 5.7 points and 3.0 rebounds in 11.3 minutes per contest. Appeared in three games before his dismissal from the team. Scored season-high eight points in the season opener vs. Oakland (MI).

Amidst turmoil and scandal within the University's athletic department, Moore was never able to find his form at the collegiate level, consistently finding himself in foul trouble due to unfavorable match ups against undersized post players his freshman season. Perimeter focused offenses and the guard oriented coaching styles were also contributing factors to his ineffectiveness at the collegiate level. As a sophomore, Moore was hampered by a severe herniated disc in his lower back caused during weight training and minor academic problems that led to his premature dismissal from the University after only playing three games that season.

Professional career[edit]

  • Played in China during the 2002-03 season with Zhejiang Horses and former Providence College player, Shamgod Wells, where he averaged 23 points and 12 rebounds per game.
  • Declared for the 2003 NBA draft in May 2003.
  • Signed a free agent contract with the Los Angeles Clippers in July 2003 and was released in October 2004. Due to NBA active roster rules and constant injuries, Moore spent the entire 2003-04 NBA season on the injured reserve list.
  • Moore put his career on hold in 2005 after the death of his younger brother.
  • Moore signed a controversial contract to play for BEEM Mazandaran in Iran in October 2007.[4] The report was documented by embedded NBA correspondent Elie Seckbach.[5]
  • Moore's return from Iran was also documented by NBA correspondent Elie Seckbach via YouTube and at one point was the highest rated sports video on YouTube in 19 countries.
    Josh Moore created a dynamic blog and also began writing his autobiography in 2011.

Media personality[edit]

In 2007, Moore started eastern-hemisphere, a sports and news blog to track his controversial decision to play basketball in Iran.

Critically acclaimed selections;

Personal life[edit]

Moore was raised in Newark, New Jersey along with his five siblings by mother, Janet Moore.

  • 2001 Days after being dismissed from the University of Michigan, Moore witnessed the birth of his son, Josh Jr.
  • 2004 Childhood friend was murdered in Newark
  • 2004 Mother figure and longtime mentor, Sheila Washington, died of complications caused by breast cancer
  • 2004 Married longtime girlfriend Mary Clarke
  • 2004 Uncle Kevin Winfield died (natural causes)
  • 2005 Younger brother, Altriece “Pudge” Gibbs, was murdered in Irvington, New Jersey. Moore has a tattoo of his brother on his left forearm.


  • Graduated high school from St. Thomas More (Oakdale, CT) in 1999.
  • Moore is currently enrolled in a bachelor's degree program.[citation needed]


  • Ball Don't Lie (2007)
  • The Business (2007)


  1. ^ Smith, Joe. "Shaq helps Moore develop his skills", The Michigan Daily, November 2, 2001. Accessed December 31, 2007.
  2. ^ HOT RECRUITING INFO FOR THE MONTH OF JULY 1998, HoopScoop Online, July 31, 1998. Accessed December 31, 2007.
  3. ^ Popper, Steve. "BASKETBALL: COLLEGE MEN -- ST. JOHN'S; Red Storm Seeks Alaskan Recruit", The New York Times, November 16, 1998. Accessed December 29, 2007. "St. John's has also been visited by the 7-0 center Josh Moore, who played for St. Anthony's of Jersey City before transferring to St. Thomas More Prep in Connecticut."
  4. ^ Harrison, Frances. "US opens Iran basketball inquiry", BBC News, October 17, 2006.
  5. ^ YouTube - NBA Player heading to Iran