SUWANEE - Maya Moore had her choice of any women's college basketball program in the nation, but when it came down to it, Moore felt she was the best fit for only one.
Which is why the junior Collins Hill basketball player chose the University of Connecticut over Tennessee, Duke and Georgia on Monday.
"When it came down to choosing a school, it was one of the toughest decisions to make in my life," Moore said in front of a crowd of more than 200 family, friends, teammates, peers and teachers in Collins Hill's commons area.
Moore, who was named the 2006 Girls Naismith National Player of the Year, chose the Huskies for what she described as personal reasons.
At the announcement, Moore had four cards placed on the table with each school's logo on them.
She first eliminated Duke after praising the school's great basketball and academic standards. Moore then described her long relationship with Georgia's program, describing them as "always, sweet, Southern and kind" to her before eliminating the Bulldogs.
That left Tennessee and UConn for Moore to decide between, two of the top women's basketball programs in the nation.
"Both coaches are the best in the country, both are great schools and both are different," Moore said. "Personally for me, I decided to continue my collegiate career at Connecticut."
The decision was not a surprise to Moore's high school Tracey Tipton.
"Just in talking with Maya it always seemed like she would give little clues and I don't even think she knew, but it seemed like she was kind of leaning that way," Tipton said.
"I think beyond the fact that they are incredible programs, Maya is one of those kids that sees beyond her four years of playing basketball at the college level. I feel confident that if she stays healthy, she can play in the WNBA and even beyond that."
The decision for Moore gives her a sense of relief and will allow her to concentrate this summer on her senior basketball season without the distractions of college recruiters.
This season UConn finished 32-5 and was put out of the NCAA tournament by Duke in the Elite Eight. Under head coach Geno Auriemma, the Huskies have won five national championships, the most recent in 2004.
"UConn is very lucky not only just to get a great player, but one of the most incredible people I've ever met in my life," Tipton said.
A two-time Daily Post Player of the Year and Miss Georgia Basketball in addition to being the named the Class AAAAA Player of the Year this season, Moore led Collins Hill to a 31-1 record and a second straight state title. Moore finished with averages of 23.2 points per game, 11.3 rebounds, 5.4 steals and 4.6 assists this season as the Eagles finished ranked No. 2 in the nation by USA Today.