Nebraska Basketball Hall of Fame (1993)
Francis Pomeroy-Naismith Award (1982)
Third-Team All-America (UPI, 1982)
Honorable-Mention All-America (AP, 1982; AP, 1980)
All-Big Eight First Team (1982)
Three-Time Academic All-Big Eight First Team (1980, 1981, 1982)
Ninth-Round NBA Draft Selection in 1982 (K.C. Kings)
Jack Moore was the 1982 Francis Pomeroy-Naismith Award winner as the nation's best player under 6-feet tall for his efforts during the 1981-82 season. He finished his career with 1,204 points, a total that currently ranks 17th in Nebraska history, and broke the Big Eight record for free throw percentage. His 90.1 percent career mark is still among the top five marks in NCAA history.
A concensus all-league performer as a senior, Moore led the 1981-82 Huskers in scoring (12.7 ppg), assists (109) and free-throw percentage (.939) while averaging just 1.6 turnovers per game as the point guard. Moore started all 27 games his senior season and was NU's leading scorer with 343 points on the year. Moore scored a season-high of 25 points against Oklahoma State.
Moore wrapped up his senior season with several national awards, including the prestigious Frances-Pomeroy Naismith Award. He also earned Associated Press All-Big Eight honors, United Press International All-Big Eight honors, UPI Third-Team All-America honors, AP Honorable Mention All-America honors. Moore was also named the Northern Iowa Holiday Classic MVP during the season.
He was inducted into the Nebraska Basketball Hall of Fame posthumously in 1993. Moore tragically died in a plane crash in March of 1984. The Huskers' current Most Outstanding Player award given to the top player on the squad each year is named after Moore.
Moore averaged 12.6 points per game during the 1980-81 season to rank second on the team behind Andre Smith, while hitting 50.2 percent from the field and setting a school record by connecting on 118 of 128 free throws for a .922 percentage. That ranked second in the nation in free throw percentage behind Portland State’s Dave Hildahl (.927) and broke the Huskers’ single season record of .870 which Moore had set the previous season.
Moore also led the team in assists for the second straight year with 108(4.0 per game), while making 36 steals. He committed only 1.8 turnovers per game while doing the bulk of ballhandling. Moore was perfect from the free-throw line in 14 of Nebraska’s 27 games, including 14-of-14 vs. Wyoming, 8-of-8 vs. Colorado, and 6-of-6 vs. Creighton, Loyola-Marymount, Colorado State and Missouri. He scored in double figures 17 times, including a 20-point performance in a 66-53 home-court win over Big Eight champ Missouri.
Moore was the Huskers’ No. 2 scorer (14.8) and was credited with a total of 145 assists and 42 steals. He started 30-of-31 games and played 1,143 minutes. His season bests were a then-career-high of 26 points against Alabama-Birmingham and six rebounds against Kansas State. Moore was the country’s 16th best free-throw shooter.
In Big Eight play, he averaged 14.1 points and was credited with 53 assists and 16 steals. Overall in the league, he was the No. 8 scorer (14.8), No. 1 free-throw shooter (.872) and No. 4 in assists (4.7) and steals (1.4). For his efforts, Moore was named an AP honorable mention All-American, Basketball Weekly honorable mention All-Midwest, UPI second team All-Big Eight and AP honorable mention All-Big Eight. He was a first-team academic all-league performer (3.14 gpa in accounting), a first-team All-Big Eight Postseason Tournament performer and the Big Eight Player of the Week for his 18 points and four assists against Oklahoma and 16 points against Missouri.
Used as a reserve, Moore played in 20 games overall and averaged 3.2 points and one assist. He also appeared in eight league games and averaged 0.4 points. He scored a high of 14 points against Arkansas Tech. Moore also pulled down three rebounds on three different occasions.
At Muncie Central High School
During his senior season at Muncie Central, Moore was ‘Mr. Everything’ as he and teammate Jerry Shoecraft, who also went on to play at Nebraska for four seasons, led Central to the Indiana state title. During his senior campaign, Moore averaged 22 points, five assists and three steals a game. He was named the state tournament’s Most Valuable Player and was tied for sixth on Indiana’s All Tournament scoring chart with Oscar Robertson. Moore was also awarded the prestigious Trester Award following state tourney play.
In his last year, Moore earned first-team all-conference, all-sectional, all-regional and all-state honors, and was also named by the Hertz Corporation as Indiana’s No. 1 Athlete of the Year. After high school, he played on Indiana’s all-state prep team that beat Kentucky’s team twice, as Moore scored 24 and 18 points, respectively. As a junior, he averaged 24 points and four assists a game and again earned first-team all-conference, all-sectional, all-regional and all-state honors. In his sophomore year, he posted 14 points a game. Moore played his high school ball under coach Bill Harrell, who was a former NU assistant coach with Joe Cipriano.
Jack was the son of Jerry and Vivian Moore and had two sisters. He was born in New Castle, Ind.
Moore's Career Stats