Lady Trapper basketball coach Cam Levett has been keeping tabs on one of his recruits through her four years of basketball at one of Wyoming’s smallest high schools. His patient interest is paying dividends.
Lydia Moore, a 6-foot post player at Rock River in Albany County, is among two recent additions to Levett’s recruiting class who will enroll at NWC in the fall of 2020. Moore missed most of her senior year with an ankle injury, but compiled a dominating record in Class 1-A — four times all-conference and two times all-state — in Wyoming’s smallest classification.
In her high school career, Moore registered 57 career double-doubles and had game highs of 24 rebounds and eight blocks.
The other is 5-10 wing player Semira Mahmoud of Overland High School in Aurora, Colorado. Levett says Mahmoud “hasn’t scratched the surface of her potential” despite leading her team in rebounds the past two years as varsity captain.
“She’s long and athletic. I believe Semira [Mahmoud] has had a different coach every season of high school basketball,” Levett said. “I can’t wait to work with her.”
She plans to study criminal justice and Levett described her as “a very intelligent kid.”
“We’re excited to have her,” he said.
Levett has had Lydia Moore on his radar since she was a freshman at Rock River. The coach worked a basketball camp at her high school four years ago and met Moore and her family.
“She has a very supportive family, and it was fun keeping in touch with her and her siblings over the years,” Levett added. “I told her when she finally signed to play for me that, ‘We’re getting old!’ She’s a very skilled post player with a good touch around the basket.”
Moore will be a student in the NWC nursing program, which she called “amazing.”
“When I broke my ankle, I knew I had to get back on the court as soon as I could. I had to put in extra hours to get back in shape and game ready. When I commit to something I don’t back down,” she said. “I am ecstatic to be a Lady Trapper and be part of the community.”
For Mahmoud, Northwest was the college “that really stuck out to me.”
“As I scrolled the team’s Instagram and Twitter, I saw they were a family and they treat each other as if they were blood sisters, as well as having a great relationship with their coach,” she related.
Powell happened to be the right distance from Denver.
“It was also a great choice for me, because my family didn’t want me to be too far from home,” Mahmoud said, “and I liked that it wasn’t in Colorado and that I got a chance to be independent and on my own.”
She said she can bring energy to the Lady Trappers.
“Whether I get as much playing as I’d like, I know that I am going to have to earn every minute, but regardless if I am sitting on the bench or playing, I always have great energy and will be happy for my team regardless,” Mahmoud said.
She was a three-year honor roll student in high school.