Eugene, Ore. -- "I still feel like i'm in a dream kinda," says Oregon senior guard Minyon Moore. "I still am in practice sometimes and I look around and go "why am i over next to these ducks? I just played them for three years."
Minyon moore has always been about family. one of the biggest influences in her life was her older sister Mariya.
"I really idolized her growing up," Moore mentions. "She was everything to me."
But back in high school a series of injuries derailed the plan Minyon had to play with her sister at Salesian High School and beyond.
"I tore both my ACL's and that kind of hindered our ability to play the whole time we wanted to together," says Moore. "Two years together, I kind of played a little bit in high school with her in Salesian. But we still wanted that dream, the Moore sisters and everything like that."
Because of the injuries, the recruiting offers weren't what Minyon hoped they would be. Mariya headed to Louisville while her little sister found a home at USC. But fate brought the two of them together, when Mariya decided to come back to California and play with Minyon.
After the Trojans staff turned over in 2019, Minyon decided that she would enter the transfer portal and use her last year of immediate eligibility and go search for something new.
"You graduate and there's a year," Moore explains. "You don't have to sit out. So it was just kind of a perfect fit and I was just looking for a home."
"She had three years at USC, graduated early and was like I want to go somewhere where i'll be able to compete for a national championship," Cenne Carroll-Moore, Minyon's mom, follows up.
Minyon decided to check out a team that had been the class of the conference for most of her career, the Oregon Ducks, fresh off a Final Four.
"I was obviously very familiar with the players already," she says of coming to Oregon as a hopeful teammate instead of competitor. "So it was a family atmosphere and it showed even more when I actually got to hang out with the girls and got to know the girls from this team."
And so she found a new family, with the blessing of her mom, who comes to just about every Duck game.
"She and Sabrina [Ionescu] won a national championship, an AAU national championship together," Carroll-Moore explains. "Minyon performs when she feels as though she's part of a family, part of a group. And she came up, she fight right in and so to be in a situation where I don't feel as though i'm sending her off to be by herself. It feels good that she's taken care of when I'm not around."
"I'm not gonna say I got used to it but it's a big family environment," Minyon concludes.
"I would say I'm glad to be on the other side now," she finishes with a laugh.
So far she's enjoyed the Oregon family and having her Mom, Dad and sister join the 10,000 fans at matthew knight arena cheering her on can't ever hurt either.
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