ANACOCO — Basketball has taken Matt Moss across the United States.

ANACOCO — Basketball has taken Matt Moss across the United States.

He originally signed out of Anacoco High School to attend DuQuesne, only to end up at Charis Prep School in the Carolinas.

He graduated from Charis Prep and attended UL-Lafayette for a semester before deciding to finish out his career at McNeese State University in Lake Charles.

Now, the 6-9 forward who plied his wares on the hardcourt at Anacoco High School will be taking his game to a foreign country.

Recently, Moss announced his intent to sign a professional basketball contract to play with Halcones de Sonzacate, a team in the FIBA Liga Mayor in El Salvador.

Moss, once he arrives and plays for his team in El Salvador, will be the first player from Anacoco to have every played professional basketball.

“I am just so blessed to have a great opportunity like this,” Moss said. “It was a blessing to play basketball for four years at Anacoco and to play four more years in a Division I environment. Now this, I am excited.”

During his playing career at Anacoco, Moss registered over 2,600 points and is still the school’s record-holder in blocked shots. During his senior campaign, he signed with DuQuesne, but things didn’t quite work out, ending up at Charis Prep Academy, the same school which sent former New Orleans Saint and current Seattle tight end Jimmy Graham to the University of Miami.

While at Charis Prep, Moss averaged 14 points and seven rebounds per game. He inked with the University of Louisiana-Lafayette after graduation, ready to play for the Ragin’ Cajuns.

As a freshman, he played in eight games for the Cajuns, averaging a little over four minutes per contest, scoring 1.4 points per game.

But after eight games and one semester, Moss opted to transfer to McNeese State University in Lake Charles, which was much closer to home.

After sitting out for a year, Moss had 2.5 years of eligibility remaining with the Cowboys.

As a sophomore, he averaged just over five minutes per game, beginning his season at the midway point.

His most successful year as far as minutes go came as a junior where he averaged 15.1 minutes per game and 3.2 points per outing for the Cowboys.

As a senior, he didn’t receive as much time on the court. but his shooting was the best on the team.

He knocked down 48.5 percent of his shots from the floor, including an amazing 47.8 percent from the three-point line.

As a senior, he averaged just under three points per game.

According to Matt’s father Steven, a couple of months ago, Matt attended the McNeil Group pro camp in Houston over a two-day period.

“They had about 60 or 70 recruits there and only six got signed professionally, including Matt,” Steven Moss said. “He was told by several scouts that international play is leaning heavy to stretch forwards, big men who can shoot. That happens to be right up Matt’s alley.”

Matt Moss wasn’t quite sure what he was going to do once his eligibilty was up at McNeese. But when this opportunity arose, he decided to give it a shot, a shot that paid off in a big way.

Though he is excited about the opportunity, Moss knows things won’t be very easy.

“I know there is going to be a language barrier, but basketball itself has its own language,” he said. “I’m also a little nervous about going to Central America, but I am blessed to have this opportunity and my family is just so supportive and excited for me.”

Moss is quick to credit many of his past coaches with getting him to this point of his career, most notably his high school coach at Anacoco, Kevin Jeane.

“Kevin was such a great coach and a mentor. If I ever needed anything, anything at all, he was there,” Moss said. “If it wasn’t for Kevin, I don’t know if I’d ever got to college. I don’t know where I would be without him.