There are few guards in the country playing better basketball than E'Twaun Moore. Because of that, schools from coast-to-coast tried to crack into his Big Ten heavy school list. On Friday at the Peach Jam, the East Chicago, Ind., guard decided to put an end to his recruitment.
Moore committed to Purdue at a press conference and with his SYF team watching behind him in full support, Moore announced his decision to play for Matt Painter and the Boilermakers.
"Deep down, I always felt like I was a Purdue fan ever since I was younger," Moore said. "Once I met the coaches, we bonded really well. I felt that was the place where I felt the most comfortable at."
With his recruitment heating up because of his stellar play, Purdue's longevity held off interest from Indiana, Illinois, Iowa and Georgia Tech. The Boilermakers were the first high-major to recruit him and Painter was the only head coach to attend one of his home games this season. Moore spoke highly of Painter and the job he is doing on the court and on the recruiting trail.
"I've been knowing him since my freshman year. The first chance he could, he came out to see me in East Chicago," Moore said. "He made me feel very comfortable and I feel like I can win with him. He's talked to my parents and made them feel like they could believe him, too. Everything just clicked. He's a nice guy and playing for him is going to be real great."
Painter has made Indiana a priority. Moore makes the second in-state player to commit to the Big Ten schools. JuJuan Johnson, a 6-foot-10, 195-pound center is the other. More may be coming.
Keep an eye on Robbie Hummel, Moore's 6-foot-7 small forward teammate. Hummel will announce his decision on Monday at a press conference at his school in Indiana. The two finalists are Purdue and Indiana.
"I hope so. That would be real great. It would be a great opportunity," Moore said of his AAU teammates joining the party at Purdue. "My SYF team is really good and these guys are all fun to be with. That would be a lot of fun."
Moore's commitment is a huge score for Purdue. He said the work that awaits played a part in his decision.
"That is one of the reasons I went there, so we can go and help Purdue turn the program around. You need great teammates and it's great to know that they are going to be there to win with you."