Ex-Purdue G E’Twaun Moore tries to impress Pacers
E’Twaun Moore has always been a star – just not ‘the’ star.
Moore was one of the most productive players in Purdue history,
yet he often was overshadowed by JaJuan Johnson and Robbie Hummel.
In high school, Clippers guard Eric Gordon was Mr. Basketball, even
though Moore’s team beat Gordon’s in the state final.
Now, the guard who was the team’s leading scorer in three of his
four seasons as a Boilermaker is on his own, still trying to prove
himself as he prepares for the NBA draft.
”I’ve always been an underdog, ever since I was in high
school,” he said. ”Somebody always said you’re second best to
him. No one ever thought I was the man. You just keep
Moore was one of six players who worked out for the Indiana
Pacers in front of team president Larry Bird on Tuesday. He is
projected as a mid second-round pick at best, but he feels
confident about his chances of catching on with an NBA team. He has
worked out for seven teams and has seven more workouts planned.
”I think my chances are great,” he said. ”I think I can go
out and help teams. I think it’s more just going out and showing
what you can do, not doing anything that’s out of your game.”
He sees himself as a combo guard and feels his all-around game
and defensive prowess will help him at the next level. He scored 18
points a game as a senior, but also averaged 5.1 rebounds and 3.2
Moore considered leaving Purdue after his junior year, but he
returned to school and feels he improved significantly in the past
”Getting stronger, shooting better, being able to shoot more
consistently, longer shot, and just mentally, a better person,” he
Moore showed an increased ability to create off the dribble as a
senior, and he was a more explosive scorer. In his best effort, he
scored 38 points and made seven 3-pointers in a win over No. 2 Ohio
State. It was one of three games in which he scored at least 30
points in his final season.
”It just comes with confidence in your ballhandling skills and
work in the offseason,” he said. ”When the season came, it just
felt good and it was a matter of going out there and making
He had more on his shoulders when Hummel, widely considered one
of the nation’s best players, was injured in preseason practice.
Moore said his role didn’t change much, but he had to do more of
what he was known for.
”I just went out and played,” he said. ”I just took my game
to another level and played harder.”
Moore said part of the reason he improved so much was that coach
Matt Painter showed him what it took to keep improving. Painter
rode Moore hard during his Purdue career, often saying he was at
his best when he was dialed in defensively and let his offense come
”Coach Painter did a great job of preparing me, not only for
the college level, but for the pro level, showing me how to work
hard every day,” Moore said.
Moore said most of the feedback he’s received since the end of
the season has been positive.
”They basically said just tune up the things you’ve got, make
sure your shot is consistent and get your ballhandling as tight as
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