WADSWORTH — Tate Moore will be on a private jet this afternoon with Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert as part of the team’s traveling party for tonight’s NBA draft lottery in New York City.
Moore, 20, a 2011 Wadsworth High graduate, won a contest Gilbert held on Twitter in which Cavs fans were asked to submit a 30-second video detailing why they should be selected to attend the lottery, which will be held at ABC Disney’s Times Square Studios.
“He tweeted it at noon Friday and the contest was only open for seven hours,” Moore said Monday evening. “I was sitting at my parents’ home in Wadsworth doing nothing, so I thought I had as good a shot as anyone.”
Moore, who just finished his sophomore year at Ohio State University, had friend Andrew Whitman shoot the video. Whitman also attends Ohio State and was Wadsworth’s class valedictorian two years ago.
The theme of Moore’s video was, “I’m a lucky dude.” It opened with him in bed in complete Cavs gear, fingers already crossed when he awakened. Later, he ate Lucky Charms for breakfast and dropped a piece of toast, but it landed butter-side up.
Moore then talked about never cracking a mirror, about never even seeing a black cat and about stepping on cracks all the time, quickly adding, “Mom, have you ever broken your back?”
The video took about an hour to complete. Moore, an English education major who wants to become a teacher, then uploaded it to YouTube and sent a link to Gilbert’s Twitter account, @cavsdan.
“I figured everyone would clearly be a big Cavs fan, so I decided to take a different route and try to be creative,” Moore said. “I decided to play on the fact that I’m a lucky guy and I’d be a good-luck charm at the lottery.”
Moore, a member of the varsity basketball team while at Wadsworth and the school single-game record-holder with 14 assists against Orrville as a senior, found out he had won the contest when Gilbert tweeted the results shortly before noon Monday.
“No one was home, so I just started running around the house,” he said.
Moore and the rest of the Cavs traveling party, which will include local rapper Machine Gun Kelly, Dan Gilbert’s son Nick, Fox Sports Ohio play-by-play man Fred McLeod and radio personalities Mike Snyder, Tony Rizzo and Andy Baskin, are scheduled to leave for New York City at 2:45 p.m. today.
The lottery will be televised by ESPN beginning at 8:30 p.m., and Moore said he was told everyone would be back in Cleveland before midnight.
In keeping with the tradition started by Nick Gilbert two years ago, when the Cavs won the lottery and landed Kyrie Irving, all members of the team’s traveling party will wear bow ties.
“I’m obviously a sports nut,” Moore said. “What I’m looking forward to most is the atmosphere, being around all the NBA execs. It’s going to be cool. I’m excited to be in the company of people like Dan Gilbert. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”
Contact sports writer Rick Noland at (330) 721-4061 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Fan him on Facebook and follow him on Twitter.