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Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Your E'Twaun Moore stat of the day

By Eamonn Brennan

This intrepid blogger did his Big Ten previewing bit yesterday (here's the Big Ten Shootaround, and the Big Ten best case/worst case) and while I spent a decent number of words singing the praises of Purdue guard E'Twaun Moore, I totally missed this statistic, and now I'm sort of angry about it. From Gary Parrish:
[...] the 6-foot-4 guard is on pace to become just the second Big Ten student-athlete to ever score 2,000 points, grab 500 rebounds and record 400 assists in a career. The first was Michigan State legend Steve Smith.

That is a remarkable stat. Like his more heralded teammates Robbie Hummel and JaJuan Johnson, Moore has always been a productive player. But Moore, for his part, has gotten quietly and progressively more effective. In his freshman season, he averaged 12.9 points, 3.9 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game. As a sophomore, he posted marks of 13.8 points, 4.6 rebounds and 3.0 assists. And in 2009-10, Moore scored raised his scoring to 16.4 points per game, while maintaining his rebounds and assists averages at 3.8 and 2.7, respectively.

There are a couple of reasons why Moore's college career has gone relatively unnoticed, at least by those who don't follow the Big Ten closely (and even by some who do). The first, obviously, is the two stars around him. Hummel has long been Purdue's most popular player, the guy nominated for player of the year awards and the first person you probably think of when you think of the past four years of Purdue basketball. Johnson is the team's most promising pro prospect -- who, for what it's worth, has always been a little underrated, too. But Moore is the off-guard in the shadow of his small forward, and it's easy to gloss over just how consistently good he's been.

None of Moore's career numbers are particularly staggering. But when you put them together they paint the portrait of a balanced, versatile, and effective talent -- a potential record-setter disguised in glue-guy clothing. Hardcore hoops heads know about Moore already. But it's time E'Twaun become a household name.