HoopsHype E'Twaun Moore rumors

July 24, 2011 Updates
July 15, 2011 Updates

While some of the league's marquee players are pondering whether to pursue chances to play overseas during the NBA lockout, Celtics second-round pick E'Twaun Moore (right, holding up #55) could also be seeking opportunities overseas. His agent, Mark Bartelstein, said that he is talking to "a lot of teams" in hopes of landing Moore a deal this summer. Moore, the 55th overall draft pick out of Purdue, has a chance to make the Celtics' roster when the lockout ends, but there appears to be little hope that the work stoppage won't pour into training camp. Boston Globe

July 7, 2011 Updates

The lockout abruptly turned JaJuan Johnson and E’Twaun Moore back into civilians last week after they barely had time to taste the Celtics life. But that doesn’t mean the two rookies now have to wait by the phone for team president Danny Ainge’s call once the padlocks are removed with a new collective bargaining agreement. The agents for both players are exploring overseas options that could find either or both in a foreign league next winter. “It’s all over the board right now, but some Euroleague teams we’ve talked to are interested,” said Mark Bartlestein, who represents Moore. “It’s a day-to-day thing. We really don’t know yet.” Boston Herald

“E’Twaun certainly could end up overseas, and we’re talking to teams. If we find the perfect opportunity for him, then maybe we will make that move.” Boston Herald

“Everything is on the table, and we’ll see what’s best for our guys,” said Kevin Bradbury, the agent who is managing Johnson on behalf of Duffy. “Nothing is in stone here, but we’re looking at everything as an opportunity. We don’t know how this whole thing is going to turn out yet. Boston Herald

June 27, 2011 Updates

Johnson went on to play at Purdue University, where he earned several accolades, including Big Ten Player of the Year, Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year, Consensus First-Team All-American, and Pete Newell National Big Man of the Year, following a 20.5 point, 8.6 rebound, 2.3 block per game senior campaign. The tall, lanky kid who was almost cut from his seventh grade team had established himself as a talented big man ready to contribute in the NBA. “It’s sort of been like the ugly duckling story,” James said with a laugh. “I bet if you’d ask him, he’d still say you’d have to pinch him. This has been something he focused in on a lot in college. . . . He’s a product of hard work, great attitude, and great effort on his part.” CSNNE.com

Growing up there was no way for E’Twaun Moore to know that on June 23, 2011, he would be drafted 55th overall by the Celtics. Abe Brown, though, had a feeling the day would come when Moore would hear NBA commissioner David Stern call his name. “Like most seventh- or eighth-graders, he had his eyes wide open, just wondering what was next for him. I don’t think at that time he realized where he would be on that day," Brown, head coach of the East Chicago High School basketball team, told CSNNE.com in a telephone interview. “I don’t know about the Celtics, but I would have said he would be drafted. I could tell he was going to go places back then.” CSNNE.com

Following winning the high school title, Moore played four years of college basketball at Purdue University. He averaged 18.0 points, 5.1 rebounds, and 3.2 assists in his senior year. Among his accolades, he won the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award and became the second player from Purdue to be named All-Big Ten four times. “He has always been a leader, a stand-up kid, always on time, never had any problems out of him.” Brown said. “He always came in and played his hardest, did everything he was supposed to do and then some. He is deserving of what he got, going to the NBA.” CSNNE.com

June 13, 2011 Updates
May 25, 2011 Updates

Yet, when the third leading scorer in Boilermaker history looks back on his illustrious career two words ring louder than the rest: what if? How would Moore's legacy in West Lafayette change had forward Robbie Hummel not suffered a torn ACL in back-to-back seasons? How much further could Purdue have advanced in the NCAA Tournament? Would the four-year standout be viewed differently by NBA scouts had he played in a Final Four? “It's just something you have to live with,” says Moore. “I definitely think we're a better team than the results may say otherwise.” DraftExpress.com

Not that Purdue struggled mightily without the services of Hummel, who watched from the sidelines as Moore helped lead the program to back-to-back 25 win seasons and three NCAA Tournament wins in his final two years. “I think he probably reflects back now and wishes we had a little more luck in that area, but certainly not while it was happening,” says Purdue head coach Matt Painter. “I think he was able to make the most of it and I think it helped him in the long run, dealing with that kind of adversity and being held accountable for the extra slack that needed to be picked up.” DraftExpress.com

“I think I am being overlooked, but I couldn't really say why,” says Moore. “Maybe people didn't see a lot of me during the regular season, or they just haven't seen a lot of what I can do well. I'm more athletic than what people think, that's something I think I'll show in workouts.” DraftExpress.com

April 21, 2011 Updates

In a decision made with his agent, East Chicago native E'Twaun Moore opted against playing in the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament earlier this month. Moore turned down the invitation to the PIT, a senior-only event that gives NBA executives and scouts an opportunity to watch the draft-eligible players in a game setting against each other, instead choosing to train in Chicago and Las Vegas. "He's played in an awful lot of big games," said Mark Bartelstein, Moore's Chicago-based agent. "If the NBA guys don't know who he is or what he can do ... he's had a great year. We wanted to spend this time addressing certain parts of his game, get back in his training mode. "Now is the time to get in the laboratory and get ready for workouts." nwi.com

One NBA scout, however, believes despite Moore's visibility and success, the Purdue senior could have benefited from a few days of playing against his classmates. Ryan Blake, co-director of scouting for Marty Blake and Associates, said while it wouldn't have hurt Moore, playing in the PIT could have only helped. "My philosophy is if you're not a guaranteed first-rounder, you want to show a team that you want to play," Blake said. "He's not a first-rounder right now. One of the things that you can do, and I try to explain to the players as they pull out is that Portsmouth, for seniors, that's their event. "And that's their opportunity and an advantage over guys who are predicted to be in the first round." nwi.com

April 12, 2011 Updates

Now, (JaJuan) Johnson and Moore will open the next book, one each hopes will include chapters about lengthy careers in the National Basketball Association. After being selected team MVP, Big Ten Conference MVP Johnson said he has hired Chicago-based agent Kevin Bradbury to represent him. Journal and Courier

(E'Twaun) Moore, who was honored during the banquet for breaking the school career record for 3-pointers, has hired Chicago-based agent Mark Bartelstein. According to hoopshype.com, Bartelstein represents 37 current NBA players, including the Indiana Pacers' Danny Granger, former Purdue standouts Brad Miller and Brian Cardinal and former Butler standout Gordon Hayward. "For now, I'm working out and finishing school," Moore said. "I probably will find out about workouts in the next couple of weeks." Journal and Courier

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