McDonald's All Americans Maya Moore, Kevin Love
Moore is up first - she'll start chatting at 2:30 p.m. ET. Moore has already signed to play for UConn next season. The 6-1 senior from Suwanee, Ga. led her team to a Class 5A state championship for the third straight season. She averaged 25.2 points, 12 rebounds, 5 steals, 5 assists and 2 blocks per game in her final year. Collins Hill finished 31-0 this season and 125-3 in Moore's high school career.
Love, who will be chatting at 3 p.m. ET, has committed to UCLA. The 6-9, 255-pound senior ranks No. 1 in the ESPN150. For the season, Love averaged 33 points, 17 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 blocks per game. He set a state record for most points scored in a career (2,628) and averaged 26.8 points and 14.5 rebounds in his four years.
Send in your questions now, then join Maya and Kevin on Thursday at 2:30 p.m. ET!
Don't forget to watch them, and many of the other top high school seniors, in the McDonald's All American game on Wednesday, March 28. The girls' game starts at 5:30 p.m. ET on ESPNU, while the boys' game begins at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN.
Buzzmaster (2:24 PM)
Maya is here early and ready for your questions.
Courtney Hartford, Ct
Do you have a pre-game ritual? If yes, tell me about it.
Maya Moore (2:26 PM)
I really don't have a ritual I do every game. I just try to get focused on what I need to do, and get myself up for the game.
Maya, what are your goals for your freshman year? What do you want to accomplish?
Maya Moore (2:27 PM)
I want to win a national championship and any records that are broken along the way, that's icing on the cake.
Which of UConn's past players is your favorite?
Maya Moore (2:28 PM)
You gotta love Swin Cash, Diana Taurasi, Nykesha Sales, Sue Bird...the list could go on forever.
Vic (New Jersey)
What were your impressions of Geno Auriemma?
Maya Moore (2:30 PM)
He is a cool guy, who keeps it real with you. He's very proud of his program and his girls. His success speaks for itself. And he speaks for himself, too.
Maya, what are you going to major in at uconn?
Maya Moore (2:30 PM)
I'm interested in communications, sports nutrition and maybe business management or something like that. We'll see.
sTu (Burlington, CT)
Maya, with what appears to be a very busy summer schedule for you, will there be any time to work on specific parts of your game for next year and if so what are the skills most in need of sharpening? Looking forward to supporting you and your teammates. Buy lots of winter clothing. :)
Maya Moore (2:32 PM)
I definitely want to work on my defense, so I can lock down anybody we play against. And I'd like to improve my handle so they can't do the same to me.
Maya, you are amazing! Are you ready for those Connecticut winters?
Maya Moore (2:33 PM)
Hmmm...about that...I don't know. I hope so. I play basketball, so I'll be all right.
Maya, who is your pick to win the Women's Final Four?
Maya Moore (2:35 PM)
I had UConn, Duke, Tennessee and UNC in my bracket for the Final Four. But now that the games have started, I'd like to make a official substitution -- I want to see Ole Miss in the Final Four. Go Shantell! She's my former teammate.
Looking forward to possibly seeing your Huskies in the Final Four out here...my question is about being compared to Candace Parker, since you're the 2nd two-time winner of the award...which player would you compare your game to for those of us who haven't see you play?
Maya Moore (2:39 PM)
I'd like to think that I'm Tamika Catchings-esque. I don't watch myself play, so it's kind of hard for me to answer that. I like to model my game after Deanna Nolan of the Detroit Shock, with Lisa Leslie's class, Diana Taurasi's style, Swin Cash's passion and Tamika Catchings' heart. That's beautiful! lol
Is UConn a program you always wanted to play for? Which team did you grow up rooting for?
Maya Moore (2:41 PM)
UConn actually wasn't one of my favorite teams, but I had always watched them. Growing up, I didn't really have a favorite. I grew up in Missouri and they didn't have a great program, so each year it kind of changed. I liked Duke, Tennessee and Georgia, but I'm glad it's UConn now.
Maya, what was it about UConn that intrigued you, besides their obvious past success?
Maya Moore (2:48 PM)
The ladies that come from UConn are all cool people and I just wanted to see what they were about. Now, I see it's a perfect fit for me.
Jimmy (Ann Arbor)
Maya - who are you looking forward to playing in teh McDonald's All American Game?
Maya Moore (2:52 PM)
My future PG Lorin Dixon, who I'll be looking to get some alleys from. We have two practices to work something out.
You're going from Georgia to Connecticut. Are you going to be ready for the cold winter? How will you prepare yourself for that?
Maya Moore (2:54 PM)
I'm going to buy about 15 personal handheld heaters. I'm going to go to New York and buy some fly trenchcoats.
Jimmy (Ann Arbor)
Will you enter the Jamfest at the McDonald's Games?
Maya Moore (2:55 PM)
I'll enter the dunk contest if they let me. I've got a few tricks up my sleeve.
Maya Moore (2:58 PM)
I'm excited for the big show on Wednesday - the McDonald's game - and giving out a show. Thanks for the questions!
Buzzmaster (2:59 PM)
Kevin Love is coming up next, so keep the questions coming!
Buzzmaster (3:01 PM)
Kevin is here and ready for your questions!
Kevin who do you think is better.. durant or oden?
Kevin Love (3:04 PM)
That is a tough question. They're both good friends of mine. Kevin is so long and a great player. I remember watching him my freshman year and he's far more advanced offensively. You don't see a player like Greg come along more than every 15 years or so. You don't pass up a player like Greg, who's 7'1" and a center. He's obviously the No. 1 pick. As athletic as he is and a true center, you don't him up as a No. 1 pick. No disrespect to Kevin, of course. Kevin's actually younger than I am. He's only 18 and he'll 19 in September. I'm the "right" age, so just think if he was a senior in HS right now. Pretty mind-boggling.
why choose ucla?
Kevin Love (3:06 PM)
Obviously, you have to start off with Ben Howland. A lot of prlayers choose their school because of what fits them best. I really wanted to become a better defensive player and I felt UCLA was the best place for me to do so. The tradition and everything that goes along with UCLA basketball. Coach Wooden and the 10 titles he coached them to...everything about it. It was just the right fit for me.
Ryan (Cape Cod,MA)
Favorite player growing up?
Kevin Love (3:08 PM)
My favorite player growing up was Larry Bird, even though I didn't get to see him live. My dad would get me Larry Bird tapes for Christmas. My dad says every kid was asking for Big Bird and I was asking for Larry Bird. And it's true, too.
How excited are you to play OJ Mayo and USC at least 2 times next year?
Kevin Love (3:09 PM)
It's gonna be a great rivalry. O.J. is such a tremendous player. USC is a good and just beat a good team in Texas. L.A. is going to be crazy with both of us down there, but we're just adding to what has been done this year. It will be something memorable to watch.
What is there to do besides basketball in Lake Oswego Oregon?
Kevin Love (3:10 PM)
There's really nothing to do besides play basketball. It rains so much, I spent a lot of time in the gym. And that's not going to change, even with the weather in southern California.
Steve-M, Huntington Beach, CA
Kevin, I hear that you have a good luck charm. Can you elaborate?
Kevin Love (3:11 PM)
Well, Steve, my good luck charm is actually my Grandma Carol. I feel that with her at every game, I can't lose.
Kyle Singler (Durham, NC)
thanks for letting me win State the other night. are you going to know what to do without 4 people guarding you next year?
Kevin Love (3:12 PM)
(laughing) It's going to be a lot easier without 3 or 4 people guarding and/or hanging on me at all times. Congratulations to South Medford for winning the championship. Hopefully, I'll meet Kyle in the tournament in 2008.
Alex in vermont
Kevin.. how old were you when you first dunked?
Kevin Love (3:14 PM)
I was 13 when I first dunked and I was in 7th grade. It was in a game and I had the adrenaline pumping and I dunked it one handed.
Chris Hagler (Carbondale, Illinois)
If Bird is your idol then why don't you come play for a Missouri Valley Team like S.I.U.?
Kevin Love (3:16 PM)
Chris, what you might not have known is that SIU was my second choice. I just wanted to stay closer to home.
Sam (San Diego, CA)
Being the biggest recruit for UCLA in recent memory, how are you going to handle all the attention from the hotties out and about in Westwood?
Kevin Love (3:17 PM)
Dear Hotties: My primary focus is basketball, but maybe I can work you into my schedule. :-)
Jimmy (Ann Arbor)
Same question I asked Maya - will YOU be in the McDonald's Jam Fest slam competition?
Kevin Love (3:19 PM)
No, but I think I'm going to do the 3-point competition. I've seen Michael Beasley dunk, so I think I'll sit this one out.
Jeff, Portland Oregon
What was it like, shattering the backboard at rex putnam?
Kevin Love (3:20 PM)
It was shocking at first. I didn't really know what happened. The rim kind of bend down and broke. Everyone was taking pictures and bowing down, so I took a few bows myself.
Big Steve, Ca.
Whats good Kevin, as a UCLA lifetime fan I couldnt be happier they signed you, my question is, do you think the adjustment to the college game is going to be a hard transition for you?? and also, who are your fav/most hated college football and b-ball teams??
Kevin Love (3:22 PM)
It's definitely going to be a big adjustment. I think it is for anyone. But I'm going to study tapes and work hard to be as prepared as possible. I'm going to try to stay healthy and be ready as possible.
Matt (Knoxville, TN)
Other than UCLA, who are you pulling for in the tourney? best of luck next year, and beyond...
Kevin Love (3:24 PM)
I was pulling for Texas, because of Kevin Durant, since he's a good friend of mine. I had them in the Final Four, along with UCLA, Memphis and Florida. I had to be different.
Bruce (Los Angeles)
What's your favorite movie?
Kevin Love (3:25 PM)
I like "He Got Game". I enjoy Ray Allen's game and Denzel's my favorite actor.
Do you have an idea about how long you are staying at UCLA? If there was no age limit would you have jumped to the NBA this year?
Kevin Love (3:26 PM)
It really depends on how I do my freshman year and how far we go in the tournament. I really mesh well with the guys at UCLA, and my coaches, whether it's coach Howland, assistant coaches Kerry Keating or Donnie Daniels. So it will be hard to leave them after one or two years. A lot of guys fall in love with their teammates and coaches, so it will be hard to leave. And I'm a very team-oriented person.
With an NBA dad and a Beach Boy uncle, how do you think that has prepared you for the spotlight?
Kevin Love (3:28 PM)
It's made me very poised, because my dad has had his share of fame. And I've seen how he and my uncle have acted. Going to UCLA, it's the second-biggest market in the world, so I'm ready for anything.
Kevin Love (3:29 PM)
Thank you everyone for the questions. I'm sorry I couldn't answer them all. Make sure you tune into the McDonald's All-American games next Wednesday the 28th (5:30 p.m. ET on ESPNU for the girls and 8 p.m. ET on ESPN for the boys).