TYLER, TX (KLTV) - It's a bond T.J.C. sophomore Mitch Marquis never expected. The shaggy East Texan first met Malcolm Moore in the 8th grade after he traveled to Iowa.
"Little does anyone know he (Moore) had the shag and I had the buzz cut," said Marquis.
The two had never seen each other until they stepped on the basketball court for an Iowa A.A.U. team.
"It was really weird because I didn't know anyone when I stepped on the court," said Marquis. "But I knew where he (Moore) was going to be at the whole time."
It was the beginning of a beautiful friendship.
"We just won a lot of games together," said Moore.
While one played high school ball in Texas, the other continued playing in Iowa. Marquis and Moore remained close friends. However, they never expecting to play together again.
"I always thought he'd (Moore) go a level way higher than me," said Marquis.
Funny how things work out. The long distance friends are now roommates at T.J.C. Moore leads the team in points. Marquis leads in assists.
"The great thing about us is we both know how to win," said Marquis. "We have a lot of passion for the game."
After the two leave T.J.C. later this year, they'll be staying to together. Both players have signed UTEP.
"We want to go as far as we can with basketball and wan to win," said Marquis.
No matter where it takes them.
"I don't care if it's here or in China," joked Moore. "I want to play as long as I can."
If one does go to China, the other is likely to follow.
"This has been my guy and will be for my life," said Marquis. "If he needs anything I'm going to be there for him. I don't mean to sound corny either, but he's like my brother."
Brothers with big future plans.
"Maybe along the way we'll open up a chain of McDonalds," said Moore.