January 27, 2012

Super Six part five: Moto update

In his third year in the United States after leaving Cameroon, 2012 Wake Forest signee Arnaud Adala Moto is enjoying a successful senior season at Alexandria (Va.) Episcopal.

The 6-foot-6, 205-pound Moto has led Episcopal to a 13-1 record and perfection in conference play with a very workman-like 12 points, 12 rebounds and five assists per game.

"We play defense, and we're sharing the ball," Moto said. "I think that's what's given us success."

Moto, an athletic slasher from the wing is rated by Rivals.com as a three-star recruit, the nation's No. 22 small forward and the No. 118 overall prospect.

As indicated from his statistics Moto will help the Demon Deacons not only from the perimeter, but also on the boards. His athletic skill-set may remind many of fellow countryman Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, who played collegiately at UCLA and is now a reserve small forward for the Milwaukee Bucks.

"I'm very excited about Wake Forest," Moto said. "I'm very excited about my future teammates next year. I have a high motor, and I can play good defense. I talked to Coach Bzdelik and Coach Battle a week ago. They told me they're excited to coach me, and they congratulated me on my game."

Moto's diverse background ranging from a childhood in the French-speaking African nation of Cameroon to spending his latter teens in an intense academic and athletic environment will be advantageous for when he encounters challenges at the collegiate level.

"Cameroon is a French-speaking country, so the language was kind of hard," Moto said. "I'm getting adjusted very well. I think definitely it is going to be exciting. I don't think it is going to be an easy transition, but I'm used to it a little bit. Episcopal has helped me get ready for Wake Forest and the next level academically and athletically."

He added that basketball at the high school level in Cameroon is more physical than prep ball in the U.S.

Moto said he stays in touch with Codi Miller-McIntyre and Aaron Rountree, all of whom are enjoying success along with the rest of the "Super Six" in their final prep campaigns.

"We're just talking about our game, how we're playing right now, and how we're going to be ready next year," Moto said.

While he prepares for next season Moto is keeping tabs on the Deacs progress this season. He said he watched Wake's games against Virginia Tech, Maryland and Duke on television.

"I think this year's team is fine," Moto said. "They have to pick it up on defense and rebounding."

The 2012 Demon Deacons (11-9, 2-4 ACC) are the opposite of fine, but will certainly improve when Moto and the rest of the "Super Six" arrive next season.

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