Posted on: August 31, 2010 2:51 pm
Click this link to read my column on Purdue's E'Twaun Moore.
He's on pace to become just the second player in Big Ten history to record 2,000 points, 500 rebounds and 400 assists.
Posted on: May 8, 2010 1:36 pm
Edited on: May 8, 2010 4:48 pm
Purdue's JaJuan Johnson has withdrawn from the NBA Draft and plans to return to school along with teammate E'Twaun Moore, which should ensure the Boilermakers are the Big Ten favorite and a preseason top three team.
"We're obviously happy to have two players of the caliber of E'Twaun Moore and JaJuan Johnson returning to our team," said Purdue coach Matt Painter. "Their dedication, leadership and work ethic are key components of our team, and we're looking forward to helping them develop as both people and basketball players over the next year."
Johnson averaged 15.5 points and 7.1 rebounds this season.
He was not expected to go in the first round had he remained in the draft.
Posted on: April 14, 2010 10:14 am
Edited on: April 14, 2010 10:15 am
Purdue's E'Twaun Moore, as expected , will make himself available for the NBA Draft just like teammate JaJuan Johnson, the school confirmed Wednesday morning. Neither player is expected to immediately hire an agent.
"There are a lot of positives that can come out of the information gathering that takes place this time of year," said Purdue coach Matt Painter. "Both JaJuan and E’Twaun have our full support as they start the process of finding out where they stand in the eyes of NBA personnel."
Purdue should be a consensus top five team if Moore and Johnson withdraw by the May 8 deadline.
If not, the Boilermakers could slip out of the preseason Top 25.
Posted on: April 12, 2010 2:58 pm
Purdue's JaJuan Johnson will declare for the NBA Draft without hiring an agent, a source confirmed to CBSSports.com on Monday. A separate source said classmate and teammate E'Twaun Moore could join Johnson this week, though another source cautioned that Moore "still hadn't made up his mind."
An official announcement on bother players is expected later this week.
This is devastating news for Purdue on the surface. But it should be noted that both Johnson and Moore are juniors who have never before entered the draft, meaning there is no downside to doing this as long as they keep their amateur status intact. They could simply withdraw by the May 8 deadline and return for their senior seasons. Unless they get some sort of guarantee from an NBA team, that's likely what they'll do, the source said.
Johnson and Moore led Purdue to the Sweet 16 this season.
Their return would likely ensure a preseason top five ranking.
Posted on: October 23, 2008 7:54 am
Edited on: October 23, 2008 8:00 am
Here's Thursday's Dear Gary ...
Good idea, Ryan.
Because, yes, I already have some regrets.
The two players I left off the points and combos list that, in hindsight, might've belonged are UNLV's Wink Adams and Purdue's E'Twaun Moore. I had them on a list of players to consider but opted to go another way in the end, and I think any criticism levied against me for that decision is reasonable. I mean, Moore could end up being the best player on a Big Ten title team and Adams averaged 16.7 points per game last season. Given a couple of mulligans, I might use them to include Adams and Moore. But in fairness, when you consider the last three players ranked were Matt Bouldin, Armon Johnson and Trevon Hughes you must admit it's not like I left Adams and Moore off the list in favor of bums.
And I guess that's my bottom-line point, that this stuff is all subjective.
Understand, anytime people rank players or teams or anything, really, everybody will basically agree on 80 percent of the things listed. It's the bottom 20 percent that causes the debate because there usually isn't much difference between the bottom 20 percent of the list and many of the things omitted from the list. In other words, there probably isn't much difference between the last eight players I ranked in the points and combos list and the eight best players I omitted -- which is my way of telling you that most any debate is a reasonable debate and that even I don't always feel comfortable with my lists when I complete them.
For instance, I just finished the list of wings.
It'll be up later today.
And though I like the list, I will admit there are some pretty damn good players who didn't make the cut. I had about 20 players competing for the final five spots. That means I had to drop 15, and I'm confident fans of the schools of all 15 will email at some point in the next 24 hours to tell me about the unbelievable ignorance I have shown.
I'm ready for it.
But till then, I'll try to relax.