PG/SG – 6’2, 208lbs – Born 22nd December 1994
I love four things in this world. Sausage sandwiches, the lead singer out of The Interrupters (call me, Aimee!), 6’7 point guards who can’t shoot, and extremely undersized guards who rebound like centres. Here, then, is Marquise Moore, and I won’t hear a word said against him.
As a senior at George Mason, Moore averaged 10.9 rebounds per game. He did this while playing at the point guard position. That is tough to fathom. It should have course therefore be taken as a given that Moore plays with a tremendous level of energy, particularly on the defensive end. He is an athlete, certainly, but one with a furious level of determination. Moore goes after every loose ball and wins ones he should have no rightly business getting. Sometimes, smaller players grab a relatively high number of rebounds because they are essentially playing as undersized frontcourt guys – DeMarcus Gatlin from Sam Houston State is one that comes to mind, as is Javonte Green from Radford, because apparently that’s how my mind works (call me, Aimee! I can change!) – but Moore really is doing it while playing the point guard position. It is unique what he is doing.
Of course, this is a bonus rather than a requirement. What Moore needs is to be able to play the point guard position in every other way, or the shooting guard spot at least. With a distinctly below-average jump shot, Moore is not the most creative player with the ball in his hands either. He is instead better served when cutting off the ball for athletic finishes, attacking the rim and getting to the line. Yet playing a ball-handling spot does not much allow for that. If he is not to play a ball-handling spot, then he is going to have to succeed at defence more than just with the rebounding, as well as hitting more shots.
I have as much confidence in Moore as I can have in any generously listed 6’2 guard to be able to defend those bigger than him, and much more belief in him than I have that Aimee will ever call. But unless he improves offensively, it may never be enough.
– 20th June, 2019
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