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SU's Moten visits Skaneateles basketball

She's a Peach

Legendary Orangeman remembers Skaneateles teacher who 'coached' him

Twelve years after he left Syracuse University for the NBA, legendary Lawrence Moten stood in the Skaneateles Middle School gym Friday, talking to a team of young basketball players.

Moten, a star at SU from 1991 -- 1995, has returned to his alma mater to finish his degree in child and family studies. At this point in his career, he wants to coach and mentor young people, he said.

And that is one of the reasons he made the trek out to Skaneateles to speak to the young athletes and to watch them play basketball. But the visit was inspired by something even more meaningful: Moten was honoring someone who had been a mentor and coach to him when he was a young college student.

Georgia Peach, a longtime English teacher at Skaneateles High School, was a study skills teacher at SU when Moten was there.

"She was my tutor," he said proudly on Friday.

He got in contact with Peach after returning to SU to finish his degree. When he heard that Peach's son, Remi Depeche, was on the middle school basketball team, he offered to visit.

"You have an awesome mom, Remi," Moten said as he joined the young team for a photo.

Back when Peach and Moten worked one-on-one at SU, Remi and his twin sister Leia were just toddlers. Now they are in eighth grade. Moten said he never forgot Peach.

"Georgia Peach, sweet like a peach," he said, grinning.

While he works to finish his degree in child and family studies from the School of Human Development, Moten is mentoring Syracuse Orangemen.

"It's what I do," he said, in reference to both his work with the SU team and his visit to Skaneateles Middle School.

Moten, the all-time Big East leading scorer, is also coaching (and playing with) the Maryland Nighthawks of the American Basketball Association.

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