Jalen Moore explains what kept him from an NBA contract

Next week former Aggie basketball star Jalen Moore will explain how anxiety kept him from accepting a contract to play for the Milwaukee Bucks.

He said he had a bad episode during a team flight to San Jose his senior year.

“This charter plane was different,” said Moore. “It was for sure the worst anxiety and turbulence I had felt on a plane. So I was for sure having an anxiety attack and I just wanted that to end and get off the plane.

“You know how it is, once you get on a plane you can’t necessarily get off. So for me it was the worst one I had had up to that point.”

He finally realized he had to tell someone about his condition, leading up to the flight to Milwaukee, a trip he knew he couldn’t make.

“But the biggest thing is just being able to talk to people because once you talk about it, it honestly does make you start feeling better and feel like you are taking a step in the right direction of how to help yourself with this,” Moore continues. “That was a big thing for me, telling my family.

“And once I told them I felt everybody knew what was going on then. From then on things started to get easier for me.”

‘The Toughest Call of My Life’ with Jalen and his father Jimmy is 6:30-8 p.m. on Thursday, May 10, in the Logan High School auditorium. The event is free. At the conclusion a panel of mental health professionals will participate in a question and answer period.

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