Here’s a thought while we continue to wait on Cody Zeller’s college basketball choice – is Daniel Moore IU’s best point guard?
Yes, we know Jordan Hulls has an edge because of his intelligent play and strong outside shooting. In the exhibition victory over Franklin he had five points, five assists, three rebounds and two turnovers. That’s solid stuff.
Verdell Jones will get point guard minutes when he returns from his sprained ankle. He’s targeting the season opener against Florida Gulf Coast.
Still, Moore was impressive in the Night of the Living Red scrimmage and followed that up with 12 points (on 6 of 7 shooting), three steals, two assists and two turnovers against Franklin.
The 5-10 junior walk-on from Carmel is smaller than Hulls (6-foot) and Jones (6-5). He’s not the scorer that they are. Still, he hustles and plays with passion. He’s aggressive and fearless. He could have been a star at a smaller school, but he very much wanted to be a Hoosier and he absolutely can contribute.
There’s a lot to be said for that.
Sure, he’ll run into match-up problems against Big Ten guards that he didn’t against Franklin, a NCAA Division III school. But if coach Tom Crean is serious about the best players playing – and he is – then figure Moore will have a role.
Anyway, IU was solid in its 89-37 win over Franklin. The bigger-stronger-faster-more experienced Hoosiers certainly impressed veteran Franklin coach Kerry Prather.
“We watched quite a bit of film from the last several games preparing for this. I think they’re much better. I was impressed with their patience and their discipline. That’s still with a crew that’s not completely healthy. I think when they get everybody out and at full speed …
“Folks are looking for a turning of the corner. That corner is about to be turned.”