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H: 6' 1"|
W: 178 lbs
(25 Years Old)
Current: PG |
High School: Rainier Beach
Hometown: Seattle, WA
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December 18, 2009
A completely unheralded recruit in the 2008 class (34th ranked Point Guard on Scout.com, Unranked by Rivals, ESPN), Reggie Moore spent last season in prep school honing his skills before coming to Washington State, where he has made a substantial impact for the Cougars already, ranking second on the team in scoring and minutes, along with first in assists. The fact that he's a 20 year old freshman has certainly helped his quick acclimation, but it's still impressive regardless to see a non-top 150 ranked freshman come in and have such a huge impact from day one at a school like Washington State.
Listed at a generous 6'2, Moore appears closer to 6'1 with a decent frame and just average length. Athletically, he has a very good first step and pretty good elevation, while also possessing excellent body control and coordination, traits that play a large role in his all-around game.
On the offensive end, Moore brings pretty close to a complete package of skills to the table, being able to get to the basket and score from both mid and long range. Off the dribble, Moore combines a quick first step with the savvy of a much older player, utilizing subtle hesitation moves and changes of speed to get the step on his man. In the lane, he handles well with both his left and right hand, and shows good ability to make subtle changes of direction with the ball, capable of making some creative moves to get off shots around the basket.
Moore ranks first among all point guards in our database in FTA/FGA (0.97), as he gets to the line at an absolutely stellar rate, which is somewhat surprising when watching him play on first glance, as due to his size, he's not a great finisher around the rim, specifically when going against helpside defenders. Moore does show a pretty good right-handed floater, however, which is something he may have to utilize more often in conference play if he continues to struggle scoring over the opposition in the lane.
On the perimeter, Moore shows pretty consistent form with his jump shot, showing good form and having good results early in the season, albeit on a somewhat limited sample size. He looks very good spotting up from three-point range, and also shows great touch when pulling up from mid-range, showing excellent balance on his shot and good awareness of his limitations, not trying to take many shots moving side to side, something he hasn't shown much propensity for.
All in all, Moore seems to be a very heady player in regards to his scoring game, not taking many ill-advised shots and showing good recognition of his strengths and weakness as a player. Due to teammate Klay Thompson's scoring prowess and the guard-oriented lineups the Cougars often trot out, there's a good chance Moore is already capable of being a much more prominent scorer than he's shown, and that's something that will be interesting to watch develop as the season goes on.
As a point guard, Moore likewise plays a smart and balanced game, showing very good court vision and playing with a noticeable maturity. He passes well on the move and does a good job keeping his head up when going to the basket, leading to some nice drive-and-dishes in the lane. Again, due to the many guards the Cougars play, Moore spends a pretty good chunk of time off the ball, limiting his opportunities to rack up assists. Still, he ranks 14th in our database in Assists/FGA (0.56), as he appears to be an unselfish player willing to do whatever the team needs from him.
On the defensive end, Moore has some troubles, as while he shows a pretty active stance and has good hands, leading to a decent amount of steals, he tends to play off his man a bit too much in isolation situations on the perimeter, leading opponents to shoot over him. At his size and given his just average length, he will need to play a more pesky style of defense to be effective, otherwise he will easily be taken advantage of in this way. His fundamentals appear to be decent, and he seems to have at least adequate lateral quickness, so this is definitely something he should be able to improve on. Moore also shows major troubles running through screens off the ball, getting caught, lost, taking bad routes, or just not consistently putting in the effort to stick with his man, leading to a good deal of open shots.
Looking forward, Moore appears to have a very good package of skills and pretty good physical tools, while already showing a great maturity with his offensive game. If he keeps playing this way, he will certainly be on the radar of the NBA in the future, but it's probably best to hold off on making any finite conclusions beyond pointing out how impressive a freshman he's been thus far.
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