ITH Super Happy Fun Time All-Big Ten Preview: E’Twaun Moore

  • 10/12/2010 9:45 pm in

SPOKANE,WA - MARCH 21: E'Twaun Moore #33 of the Purdue Boilermakers drives the ball against the Texas A&M Aggies during the second round of the 2010 NCAA men's basketball tournament at the Spokane Arena on March 21, 2010 in Spokane, Washington. Purdue defeated Texas A&M 63-61. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)Hoosier Hysteria is on the horizon and it’s time for Inside the Hall’s preseason All-Big Ten team. Today: Purdue’s E’Twaun Moore.

It’s been three years ago now that I was sitting in my mother’s dining room reading the Lafayette Journal and Courier sports section, and happened upon a story about Purdue’s 2007 recruiting class. In it, the author (whose name I do not remember) essentially made the assertion that, while Indiana’s ’07 class had the star power, (Eric Gordon) Purdue’s had the staying power, and was therefore better.

It was sort of laughable at the time, easily written off as hometown bias. But the more you thought about it — and the more you saw E’Twaun Moore, Robbie Hummel and JaJuan Johnson play — the less preposterous the claim seemed.

This season really is now or never for that same talented group that Matt Painter took to calling the “Big Three.” They’re now probably three of the top 5-7 players in the league, and E’Twaun Moore scores the most of any of them.

The lanky shooting guard from East Chicago has led Purdue in scoring each of his three years in college, and it doesn’t seem likely he’ll relinquish that role in his final college season.

Moore is a guard’s guard — he’s a wonderful spot-up shooter who can hit a nasty streak, and he’s strong off the dribble (though not quite so talented as when he’s catching and shooting). As a compliment to the wide, tall Johnson and the multi-faceted Hummel, he has developed into the perfect foil.

What will be interesting to watch in Moore’s game this year is how much develops into the match to his offense’s kindling. When Hummel was lost last year, Moore assumed a much more focal role in the offense — by design — pushing the Boilermakers into different sets and trying to initiate action on that end of the floor, with mixed results.

With Chris Kramer now gone and Lewis Jackson, frankly, still untested, it stands to reason that we could see more of Moore (my bad on the wordplay) in that sort of role.

It’s certainly one Purdue will need someone to fill, and if Moore can be that someone, then the Boilermakers will find themselves in even higher cotton. Moore alone stands as an All-Big Ten first-teamer purely on talent. If his role in this offense can be enhanced, Purdue is in incredibly good shape hitting the winter.

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  • 11th and Done (Dunn)

    anyone know what hanner is doing october 15th? hopefully not in chapel hill or waco…..

  • Anonymous

    I remember thinking similar thoughts about Purdue’s recruiting class, especially with Er-Ic Gor-Don coming to town, and then I watched Moore’s high school team completely outplay Eric Gordon and North Central in the state finals…and then I realized that those type of stories about long term benefits were completely true. Gordon was awesome to watch, I still remember the excitement I had watching him miss a tomahawk slam against Wisconsin at Assembly Hall, but, in the end, I would rather have had Moore for four years.

    He is very smart with the ball and a very underrated distributor. He makes the right decision and it seemed like when Hummel went down he finally realized his talent to take over games when his team needed it.

  • Anonymous

    Living in Lafayette my entire life, I frequently get to enjoy the J & C bias. I had no idea you were ever privileged enough to read the award-winning journalism as well. Every once in a while they get lucky. At least we only have one more year of dealing with these three.

    And at least I was smart enough to grow up a Hoosier fan.

  • Jmfriedman

    I am going to predict an IU win over Turdue this year. These guys will choke. It is a tradition Lafayette….

  • BFowler

    I have to admit, that is the first time I have ever heard Johnson referred to as “wide.”

  • Southport65

    Talent, Lets compare. Moore still in college unable this past season to get anyone in the NBA to say he would be a top ten pick and then Eric Gordon who played with with a broken wrist in college and was freshman of the year in the Big Ten not Moore. He has played 2 years in the NBA and this past summer was on the Gold medal USA team. Moore is NOT a super star but he is part of a great recruiting class at PU who have not played to their potential and if they follow all the other great PU teams they will choke again in the big dance in March.

  • Anonymous

    Sorry fellas but i agree I would rather have Moore for 4 than EJ for one yes EJ is doing good things in the nba and is considered one of the top young players in the league but we are talking about college..and when its all said and done his 4 years will be more important the EJs to a program

  • Outoftheloop

    What has the class of 2007 at Purdue shown so far: two Sweet 16’s, one or two Co-Big 10 Champions. Not bad at all. But nowhere near the Indiana 2002 NCAA Semifinalist team! My questions are: #1 will Moore be better, this season, than Verdell Jones? #2 will he be better, this season, than Maurice Creek? Obviously no one knows! But let’s compare Moore (first) to Jones (second) to Creek (third) based on last season for all games played: Points, 16.4, 14.9, 16.4; Rebounds, 3.8, 3.9, 3.8; FG%, .445, .399, .527; FT%, .730, .758, .763; 3 Pt%, .349, .273, .448; Assists, 2.66, 3.39, 1.83; Steals, 1.46, .90, 1.42; Blocks, .286, .419, .417; Assists/Turn Overs, 1.27, 1.21, 1.22. When you compare the three players you see that Moore was first in 3, Points (tied), Steals and A/TO; Jones was first in 3, Rebounds, Assists and Blocks; and Creek was first in 4, Points (tied), FG%, FT%, 3-Pt%. Based on the numbers, Creek is the better player of the three, but the three are remarkably close in statistical performance. Now this does NOT mean that Creek should be All-Big 10 over Moore and Jones. But it DOES mean that the three are very close to identical statisically based on last season’s play!

  • Anonymous

    Im a stat guy but sometimes they get thrown around too much..its hard to compare their stats because you cant compare the teams (for a number of reasons). One thing i remember the most was ESPN comparing Creeks game to that of E’Twaun not real athletic, smooth, consistent, and just a natural basketball player…I like all three and would want them on my team

  • you23

    Moore is a First Team All-American this year

  • Outoftheloop

    I’ll take that bet and double the stakes!

  • Outoftheloop

    OK, then say exactly what was “too much”. State your position so we can point out it’s flaws. But I do agree that I would like all three on my team. However, that is EXACTLY what I said: “Now this does NOT mean that Creek should be All-Big 10 over Moore and Jones. But it DOES mean that the three are very close to identical statistically based on last season’s play!

  • I’m pretty sure he means Daniel Moore.

  • Anonymous

    For one its hard for me to compare stats in this situation because these guys put up these numbers on 2 totally different teams with different expectations…we will never no what VJ end of the season stats will be if Creek never went down or what Creeks would of been if he didn’t go down…also pressure, expectations, and supporting cast also would have a huge impact on the numbers these guys produce. I do agree stat wise that their are very similar…I just would like to see more of creek, we all would, this year and next we will have a better roster with better competition at practice…so time will tell…one thing we all can agree on is the season starts tomorrow and it should open up a lot of positive debates

  • Outoftheloop

    Then I have to back off of my bluster-you never bet against Danny Moore! Who but his family ever thought that he would start on an Indiana basketball team against Big 10 opponents?

  • Outoftheloop

    Then I have to back off of my bluster-you never bet against Danny Moore! Who but his family ever thought that he would start on an Indiana basketball team against Big 10 opponents?

  • Outoftheloop

    I agree that statistical comparisons only take you so far-that is the nature of the beast. But they are very useful guides for comparison. That is why you use as broad a period as possible-a full season. So there are questions about Creek’s 12 games versus Moore’s 35 games and Jones’ 31 games. But I would argue the point about “expectations” and “supporting casts” etc. making much of a difference in this example. Each of the three was his team’s leading scorer. Each had to carry the game, every game. So these stats are very useful. We are not comparing a role player (like a designated 3-point shooter) to the main scorer (where the defense on the former is not comparable to the defense on the latter). These numbers reveal that Creek and Jones play at the same level, give or take, as Moore. These numbers surprised me, and the bode well for IU this season!