That’s A Wrap: Daniel Moore

  • 03/30/2010 6:51 pm in

Big Ten Tournament: Indiana Hoosiers v Penn State Nittany LionsWelcome to “That’s A Wrap,” our attempt to um, wrap up the 2009-10 season. Sit back. Relax. Grab some popcorn. Get your read on.

Final Stats (28 games): 36 points, 14 of 17 FT’s, 20 rebounds, 11 steals, nine assists.

I debated whether we’d include Daniel Moore in our “That’s A Wrap” series.

It’s not that I’m not a Daniel Moore fan — I am — but sometimes it’s difficult to fill space writing about a player that logs just over seven minutes per contest. (Unless that player, of course, is Tijan. That’s a different story.)

Moore is exactly what any walk-on player at Indiana should be. He’s a hard-working, tough-nosed kid who, when given the opportunity to step on the floor, gives it his all. I’ve never watched Moore play a possession where he’s not going 100 percent, which is a compliment to the pride he exudes in his effort.

A season ago, he found himself in the starting lineup for 10 games, which is hard to believe. Despite the fact he was an Indiana All-Star, Moore’s only offer was from Boston University, who ironically, beat Indiana this season in Puerto Rico.

This season, his minutes diminished significantly (17.2 to 7.2) due to the addition of Jeremiah Rivers and Jordan Hulls. Moore still got his fair share of opportunities — he scored seven points in 22 minutes in the loss at Wisconsin — but mostly he transitioned back into the role most walk-ons have in BCS conferences. That’s no knock on Moore, it’s just the reality of the situation. Indiana’s talent level increased and Moore’s minutes decreased. It’s a simple formula.

The Bottom Line: Moore’s minutes at Indiana moving forward will likely continue to decrease as Tom Crean and the staff bring more talented players into the program. His role, however, will be just as important as any other player. He’ll practice hard, go to class and be a good teammate. And while you won’t find his name in the media guide next to any statistical records, many of us will remember him as one of the guys who helped bring Indiana back.

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  • Strummer

    Go Danny Moore , I am a fan an appreciate your effort and attitude. Its guys like you that make Indiana Special.

  • Dirk

    Well said Alex. I think Daniel Moore will go down in history as a symbol of how far IU fell. Hopefully he's the last walkon we ever get to know.

  • marcusgresham

    Might he end up like Steve Masiello someday, who rode the bench at Kentucky, then went along for the ride with Pitino to Louisville as an assistant, and by all accounts, will some day be a head coach himself?

  • Taskmaster75

    I'm all for starting the Tom Crean coaching tree 🙂

  • JerryCT

    I really like Moore this year. He gets over the top of screens and puts alot of pressure on the ball. I thought he should have played more minutes when our D sucked eg Northwestern at their place. He was also the only player represented at the ESPNZONE in NY before we beat Pitt.

    I donot think he hurts us at all anymore in short segments and he makes for a great representative of the program

  • HoosierDavey

    There are always places on a team for walk-ons like Daniel who bring their best everyday, even if they don't get a lot of minutes. Even a Final 4 team this year has been playing a walk-on in spots (MSU, can't remember his name). Daniel is always hustling and bringing the energy, and we need guys that play that way. Love the kid and hope he will always get the appreciation of Hoosier Nation like he deserves.