Next up on our profile list is the the 7-1, fan favorite center Doral Moore. Moore played just 7.1 minutes per game in his freshman year, averaging 3.8 ppg and 2.6 rpg. He also led the team in FG%, shooting 65% from the floor.
Moore’s greatest strength is undoubtedly his height. At 7-1, he has a great advantage down low scoring, dunking alley-oops, and rebounding. Moore led the team among scholarship players last season in total rebounding percentage at 19.4%. As stated in an earlier article, the Deacs have lost almost half their rebounding from last season, so Doral’s ability to rebound the ball will help enormously this season. While Moore did not play very many minutes last season, he made the most of every minute he was on the court. His per 40 minute stats are absolutely off the charts, averaging 21.4 ppg, 14.5 rpg, and 4.5 bpg per 40 minutes. It should be noted that per 40 minute stats can sometimes be skewed (especially with players that don’t play very many minutes), however his Player Efficiency Rating (PER) was also fantastic; he finished the season with a team best PER at 25.8. In his 1 start last season, he put up 19 points, 7 rebounds, and 3 blocks against Boston College. All of this points to the fact that when Moore got in the game, he showed what he could do. While his low post scoring is still pretty raw, he has pretty good hands for a big man.
Moore’s greatest weakness in his conditioning. One of the reasons he saw so little action last season is because he was unable to play at a high level for more than 3-4 minutes at the time. For a 7-1, 265 lb freshman, that is not really unexpected. A full off season with the coaching staff should improve his endurance, and hopefully Moore is able to play for longer periods of time this season. Moore also had difficulty defending without fouling. Moore picked up 1.5 fouls per game last season while playing just 7 minutes. That would lead the team in fouls per 40 minutes last season with 8.3. With Moore likely getting more playing time this season, he will need to be better at not sending the opposing team to the free throw line. Speaking of the free throw line, Moore shot just 58% from the stripe last season. Again, for a freshman big man, that is not very surprising. A full off season with the coaching staff should go a long way in improving most of these weaknesses and turning his potential into production.
How he fits:
Moore will most likely back up John Collins at the center position this season. His ability to rebound the ball should help the Deacs, and especially the second unit, from giving up second chance points. At 7-1, his ability to alter shots in the paint in also an added bonus. One of the things Moore does best is to elevate the energy of the team and the crowd with spectacular highlight plays, whether that be blocking a shot on defense or finishing off an alley oop with a thunderous dunk. Getting the fans up off their seats and the team pumped up is always conducive to winning. With increased playing time this season, Moore should have be able to have a very productive year for the Deacs.
What are you all expecting out of Moore this season?