WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — When Doral Moore scored last season, it was usually emphatically — 32 of his 48 field goals were dunks.
Moore was spectacular and entertaining last season, but has Deac fans wanting more. Typically playing in short stretches, endurance has shown itself to be a concern for the 7-foot-1, 265 pound center.
He finished last season averaging 3.8 points and 2.6 rebounds per game, but with the graduation of the human double-double machine Devin Thomas, Moore will be needed for much more this season.
Moore chatted with Demon Deacon Digest at Wake Forest Basketball Media Day.
On the Bahamas trip
Moore: “It mostly helped us chemistry-wise, getting to know each other better. And it helped with communication on both the offensive and defensive ends. That’s one of the most important things is communication. I think this team has already gelled more. We’re a lot closer.”
On replacing the production of Devin Thomas
Moore: “We’ll do it the best way we can. We have to jump in and do the dirty work like he did. Grab rebounds, block shots, box out — all the little things, because all those little things matter at the end of the game. At the end of the day, those things make the difference. If you don’t rebound and block shots, you’re not going to have a great chance to win games. We need to focus on defense more and we’ll be a very successful team in the post. We have good size.”
On what will be different in his game
Moore: “I’ll be more in tune defensively, especially rebounding and blocking shots. That’s how DeAndre Jordan and players like that become successful and make their money. Me being active around the rim on offense will also help a lot. It doesn’t mean I have to get the ball every time, but I can get to the basket and look for put-backs and things like that.”
On the battles down low in practice
Moore: “It’s still a battle, for all four of us (him, John Collins, Sam Japhet-Mathias and Dinos Mitoglou). There’s never a dull moment, and if you do, you get beat. Even though there’s no Devin (Thomas), there’s still a challenge. Sam is a big dude. It does help out a lot for us to play against each other. We all play different styles, which helps us defensively.”
On the potential for this team
Moore: “I think if we focus on defense, play hard and never give up we can beat anybody.”