The recruiting door might have closed on a handful of high school players once Mike Davis left the IU program last month, but the door might re-open with a couple of others who had seemingly scratched the Hoosiers off their lists in the past.
One of those players could be E'Twaun Moore, a 6-3, 170-pound guard from East Chicago, Ind., who was recently named to the All-Tournament team at the Boo Williams AAU event in Hampton, Va. Moore is Scout.com's 12th-ranked shooting guard nationally and considered one of the top players in the state of Indiana for the 2007 class.
A Nike All-America Camp participant last summer, Moore had seemingly scratched the Hoosiers off his list before the start of his junior year because Indiana didn't appear to be making him much of a priority for its '07 class.
"They haven't tried to contact me, so I guess they're not interested," Moore said last summer.
Illinois, Iowa, Purdue, Tennessee and Miami (Fla.), among others, were showing plenty of interest, which has moved them to the forefront of Moore's current crop of favorites. But with the AAU season just getting underway, and new IU Coach Kelvin Sampson's recruiting priorities just now beginning to take shape, don't be surprised to see Moore emerge as a Hoosier priority.
For one thing, Moore's effort at the Boo Williams Invitational served notice that he is among the elite players in the '07 class, according to Scout.com's National Recruiting Director Dave Telep, who was at the Hampton, Va., event.
"I think he made a move last weekend," Telep said. "If he can continue to play to the level he did at Boo Williams, the sky is the limit. He should easily be considered a top-100 talent if this keeps up."
Another thing that figures to stand out to Sampson is Moore's abilities on the defensive end of the floor. He combines long arms with great leaping ability and athleticism, giving him the versatility to defend three positions on that end of the court. For a coach who stresses defense as much as Sampson does, Moore appears to be tailor-made for his brand of basketball.
Offensively, Moore averaged around 24 points per game as a junior, helping East Chicago Central H.S. to a 19-5 record. Moore split his time between the point guard and shooting guard positions, although he's expected to play on the wing at the collegiate level.
A starter at the high school since his freshman year, Moore has always been a gifted penetrator and finisher on the break. One of the knocks on him last summer, though, was whether or not his perimeter game was consistent enough for the next level.
Telep said Moore put some of those doubts to rest at Boo Williams.
"I was really impressed with how well he shot it from downtown," Telep said. "He's always been a prospect and now he's taking steps to show improvement. He really helped himself."
It's a good bet that Sampson and Hoosier assistants Ray McCallum and Jeff Meyer will be on hand for a handful of Moore's AAU contests this summer with the SYF Players squad as the new IU staff tries to get a handle on where Moore might fit into their plans, and if they can re-emerge as a potential destination for the recently-named Indiana Junior All-Star.
"I'm sure Indiana will make an early spring evaluation of him and go from there," Telep said. "There's a lot to like."
IU To Show More Interest in Moore?
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