E'Twaun Moore: NBA Draft Stock
2010-11 will mark the first time in this Purdue's senior class' era that Moore, a 6'4" combo-guard, will not lead the Boilermakers in scoring. Due to the injuries of Robbie Hummel and emergence of JaJuan Johnson, Moore is having his best season yet and is now on the radar of NBA scouts.
Moore's improvements are noticeable across the board from the work he put in over the summer. His scoring, rebounding and assists are all up, while he has cut his turnovers by nearly .5 per game. He has become a much more dangerous 3-pointer threat as well- knocking down 41.6 percent of his attempts. Down the stretch, Moore is the go-to scorer and he's been thriving in that role; he had two key steals in the second half that led to a fast-break dunk and a converted 3-point play in a close game with desperate Big Ten rival, Illinois. This, of course, is just two weeks after the senior guard exploded for a career-high 38 points, with seven 3s, in the upset over the former No. 1 team in the land, Ohio State.
Moore's recent hot play has him as a likely second-round pick in the NBA Draft this year. Scouts would view him as a better prospect if he was a better athlete or had a stronger frame; he weighs in at about 185-190 pounds, which is part of the reason he struggles to convert around the rim. But his improved outside shooting, ability to play some point guard in a draft void of great depth at that position, as well as his defensive toughness, have his stock on the rise. When his shot is falling, he's tough to stop- just ask Illinois and Ohio State.
By President Corey Ruff - 3-2-11