2010-2011 Player Profile: Daniel Moore

  • 10/27/2010 5:23 pm in

INDIANAPOLIS - MARCH 12:  Daniel Moore #3 of the Indiana Hoosiers reacts against the Penn State Nittany Lions during the first round of the Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament at Conseco Fieldhouse on March 12, 2009 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)It’s time for Inside the Hall’s player-by-player breakdown of the 2010-2011 Indiana Hoosiers. Today: Daniel Moore.

We will tarry not long on young Daniel Moore, for there is much to be said about the coming of Cody Zeller-palooza (and also Halloween) to the shores of Bloomington at week’s end. But in keeping with — and, now, ending our player profile series — it seemed fitting to include Moore, a walk-on, with the rest of Indiana’s scholarship players.

Like most of the faces that popped up seemingly from nowhere in the 2008 media guide, Moore’s story is well known. He played at Carmel, Indiana All-Star, too small for the Big Ten but plays tough, rugged basketball and has been a spark plug at points during his career.

Of course, last year saw Moore’s minutes dwindle by a full 10 per game, as Indiana gained more depth at Moore’s preferred position of point guard. The coming of Victor Oladipo, coupled with the expected usage of Maurice Creek and Verdell Jones at the point more this season, assuming they’re healthy, seems likely to bump young Daniel even further down the bench.

But it wouldn’t be fair to demean or ignore what Moore gave to Indiana over the last two years, or what he will presumably give them for the next two. Statistics aren’t his strong point, but Moore’s style of play is one that personifies what people consider “Indiana” basketball: toughness, hard work, willingness to do whatever is asked of him.

That 6-25 first season under Tom Crean was rough, and no one was immune to scrutiny. And Moore — because he played 17.2 minutes per night, was often asked to handle the ball and isn’t the most prolific scorer at a position often reserved for scorers — took his share of the criticism. He was too small, we said, too slow and weak offensively. And there was that maddening thing he did, dribbling the ball under the basket and then kicking it out to a teammate who may or may not be open, like a child running the same play over and over again in Madden 2009 because he figured out somewhere along the way that the computer couldn’t defend it.

But you know what? Moore never complained. Not saying he should have, but there was an awful lot of bunk piled onto the shoulders of a young man who never swaggered, never asked or expected to be put into the position he was forced by necessity to occupy. He simply came to work, did the job that was asked of him. Nothing less.

And just for the record, I doubt he’s done making a difference yet.

The bottom line: Moore’s playing time, at least once Jones and Creek are fit again, certainly stands to diminish even further. But the luxury in Daniel Moore is that Tom Crean knows exactly what he’s going to get any time he calls Moore’s number. They will be fewer, and farther between, but don’t be surprised to see Moore make his share of appearances this season.

Quotable: “IU is where I’ve always wanted to be. Both my parents went to IU, so I’ve always followed IU basketball. I’ve watched so many games I can’t count. As difficult as it was to turn down a place where I might have made a bigger impact, I’ve always wanted to be a Hoosier.” – Daniel Moore, in 2008, on his decision to walk-on at Indiana.

Previous Player Profiles: Will Sheehey, Matt RothBobby Capobianco, Victor Oladipo, Tom Pritchard, Jeremiah RiversChristian WatfordVerdell Jones, Maurice Creek, Derek Elston, Jordan Hulls, Guy-Marc Michel

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  • Anonymous

    Daniel Moore is living a dream that I imagine all of us had growing up – he gets to play basketball at IU. Though, he is doing it at a not-so-glorious time. We will always be grateful for his contribution and integrity during a dismal time in IU history.

  • DACARMINATOR

    If he gets substantial minutes (over 1 a game) we are in BIG trouble.

  • Anonymous

    Daniel’s been the butt of many jokes (and I’ve been the typist of several, I’ll admit,) but I’d trade places with him in a millisecond (and I’d be an inch taller then!)

  • Baseball Montgomery Buc

    Even though Danny Moore is not going to play much anymore, we need more of him on IU. He is a living representation of what IU is about. Passing up a scholarship at Boston College to walk on and fulfill a dream to play for indiana. WE NEED MORE PLAYERS LIKE DANNY MOORE!

    (I just went Tom Crean on all of you, thats usually the format of his tweets)

  • Anonymous

    Wasn’t it Boston U., not BC? Still, your point is spot on, and I think we have a couple of fairly talented walk-ons coming in this season.

  • cooper

    Let’s hope he is in only in garbage time

  • IUGRADUATE

    Daniel Moore may not be as talented as other players and may have less playing time than last year. However, I am sure he will help this team get better in many ways. Keep up your hard work, Daniel!

  • Baseball Montgomery Buc

    Whoops yep your right. I knew that too, I don’t know why I wrote Boston College. Yeah, someone needs to help me out with the name of the kid from Bishop Chatard, and Jeff Howard who is a 6’8” preferred walk on

  • Taylor Wayer is a walk-on from Bishop Chatard.

  • Anonymous

    Everyone seems to gush and go on and on about VO, myself included, and rightly so cause I think the sky is the limit for VO if he keeps the outlook and work ethic that he seems to have now. VO also reminds me of another one of our players….Daniel Moore…..if you stop and think about it the only glaring difference I see between the two is that VO has been blessed with a few more inches of height and a much larger dose of natural ability.

    Both of them:

    1) get it that” It’s Indiana ”
    2) are willing to do whatever is asked of them to make the ” team ” better
    3) understand that it is a privilege to wear the cream and crimson and not something that they are owed
    4) are going to give 110 percent when on the floor

    I’ll stop at 4 but you get the idea.

    One may view more of the game from the bench than the other but both of them seem to have the same view when it comes to what it takes and what it means to wear the cream & crimson stripes when they come out to play under those five banners.

  • Baseball Montgomery Buc

    Ahh thanks, another really smart kid. I wonder if Crean goes for the walk ons that are really smart and will boost the team GPA. Finklemeier, Jeff Howard etc. This guy is a Pre-Med student. Obviously they have to be pretty good too, but it makes sense.

  • MillaRed

    Actually, I think VO is 6 inches taller with a wingspan that is another 18 inches and a vertical that is 28 inches higher. That’s a lot more natural ability.

    We are all proud of Moore. The team needed a guy like him the last few years.

    I think he might have been in that group of kids that VO jumped over at HH? (I am a terrible person)

  • Only GPA’s for scholarship players count towards the APR, so I doubt that’s the rationale.

  • Anonymous

    If you’re terrible I am too, because I am rolling! (and like I said earlier, I can laugh at Moore’s height because I’m not even 5’8″.)

  • Plane1972

    Daniel Moore is the perfect disciplinary tool for Tom Crean. He yanks someone for effort and puts in Moore. A couple of minutes later he puts the yanked back in the game and doesn’t have to say a word. Daniel Moore replacing you = you better give me [coach] something more than you’re giving me or you won’t see the floor for a long, long time.

    That is not to say that Daniel deserves garbage minutes. His contribution is valuable even if it is for 2-3 minutes in the first half and 2-3 more in the second. Appears to lead by example and that is invaluable.

  • Plane1972

    Daniel Moore is the perfect disciplinary tool for Tom Crean. He yanks someone for effort and puts in Moore. A couple of minutes later he puts the yanked back in the game and doesn’t have to say a word. Daniel Moore replacing you = you better give me [coach] something more than you’re giving me or you won’t see the floor for a long, long time.

    That is not to say that Daniel deserves garbage minutes. His contribution is valuable even if it is for 2-3 minutes in the first half and 2-3 more in the second. Appears to lead by example and that is invaluable.

  • Anonymous

    Well said, in both the article & comment.

  • Hoosieriniowa

    Today, Daniel’s asset to the team is during practice where he can hawk, scramble, and basically “make” our scholarship players work hard to keep him away from the ball. He is our “Ruuuuuudy”

  • Outoftheloop

    There will be times this season when coach Crean needs to light a fire under his now talented team. Danny Moore is the closest thing IU has to a “tough guy”, in your face, I never back-down player. He plays with passion, energy, and grit. He does improve his game-check out his 3-point shooting in season one versus season two. I hope we never need him to win or to turn around a game, but that he gets lots of minutes because we are up by 30 or more!

  • Outoftheloop

    Not so-if we are up by 30 he will get lots of minutes!

  • Outoftheloop

    Alex can you give us some updated information on Jeff Howard and how he is playing now with the IU team? Can you give us any information on Taylor Wayer? Thanks.

  • Is there anything specific you’re looking for?

  • Kari_tyler

    Thats how I love my HOOSIERS! Brought a tear to my eye. I can feel the love.

  • Courtney Witte fan

    Hurray for Daniel Moore. People forget that he broke his foot before the season last year. He will contribute more this year because you won’t be able to keep him off the floor. He can spell someone and not cost us points. He knows his role and will do it great.

  • Anonymous

    Well said. So many people are so critical of Daniel, but the truth is he plays his heart out. If IU fans are honest to themselves they know when IU starts floundering, Coach Crean brings in Daniel Moore. Why? Because he plays with so much passion, he immediately lights a fire under the team. The one thing all IU fans love is to have Indiana kids play for IU. Here’s a kid that loved IU so much he turned down a full ride scholarship to play for IU. This kid plays his heart out because he loves IU. The criticism of him is very unfair. All those who criticize him need to realize this … a very good coach has judged Daniel’s skills to be so good that he deserves playing time because he does a lot of good things. Daniel does a ton more good things on the court than bad. Just because he is only 5’8″ and will never be an NBA pro doesn’t mean his contributions are worthless. I’m proud of how hard he plays ever time he’s given the opportunity. For those of you who criticize him just because he isn’t a 5,4,3 or even a 2 star player, suck it up because this kid will continue to play significant minutes no matter who we have on the team because he is a valuable asset to the team.