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Purdue's Johnson in draft. Moore next?

Posted on: April 12, 2010 2:58 pm

Purdue's JaJuan Johnson will declare for the NBA Draft without hiring an agent, a source confirmed to on Monday. A separate source said classmate and teammate E'Twaun Moore could join Johnson this week, though another source cautioned that Moore "still hadn't made up his mind."

An official announcement on bother players is expected later this week.

This is devastating news for Purdue on the surface. But it should be noted that both Johnson and Moore are juniors who have never before entered the draft, meaning there is no downside to doing this as long as they keep their amateur status intact. They could simply withdraw by the May 8 deadline and return for their senior seasons. Unless they get some sort of guarantee from an NBA team, that's likely what they'll do, the source said.

Johnson and Moore led Purdue to the Sweet 16 this season.

Their return would likely ensure a preseason top five ranking.

Since: Dec 9, 2008
Posted on: April 13, 2010 10:23 am

Leaving now would be premature

This is such a bad idea if both go to the draft.  Johnson has much to work on, he still struggles against higher level centers in the paint and has to go outside to have any effect.  You put him up against Dwight Howard and he will do nothing.  He needs more bulk and to become a lot more aggressive and fundamentally sound under the basket.  I don't remember how many times this season I saw JaJuan drop passes under the basket.  Moore is an even worse decision.  He can't use his left hand, playing a one sided game as a guard in the NBA is close to impossible.  He also can't handle tough defense, when Hummel went out with the ACL and left Moore as the prime target for defenses, Moore struggled.  Moore needs to expand his game if he wants a chance professionally.  At this point both would probably get a short contract worth some money and burn out, ending up without a degree or a job.
And at christianman720:Johnson and Moore didn't carry the team in Hummel's absence, Kramer did (along with other random break outs like DJ Byrd).  Kramer is the one who moved into the PF slot and picked up the rebounding and scoring.  Moore and Johnson produced about the same or less in some games without Hummel than they did with him.

Since: Feb 13, 2008
Posted on: April 12, 2010 9:50 pm

My stomach is hurting hearing this news

Like others I certainly hope this is just a means to gauge his/their NBA stock, but with a low likelihood that he/they will leave for good this year.

If not, my stomach will likely keep hurting for quite a while longer!

Since: Dec 12, 2007
Posted on: April 12, 2010 6:55 pm

Purdue's Johnson in draft. Moore next?

lol. I hint a mocking of Parrish here?!?! If you are referring to the fact that in the preseason Parrish didn't regard Johnson as a future NBA prospect. I will say this much about Parrish's claim at the beginning of the season. Johnson and Moore hadn't proved that they could carry the burden of leading a team without Hummel. Last year when Hummel was down, Purdue struggled mightily and even struggled when he returned for the tournament at less than 100%. This year, they put to rest the idea that Hummel was the only reason that they were successful. What has always puzzled me is that everyone has constantly claimed that Hummel is by far Purdue's best player with the most potential. There is no doubt that he is very gifted as a G/F and is still rough around the edges, but from what I have seen when I have watched him (both in high school and at Purdue) I just haven't seen much out of the norm as far as talent potential. When watching Scott Martin and him play together in high school, I was much more impressed by Martin than by him both with regards to sharpness of skills and as far as glimpses of potential. I believe that this is a major reason why Martin decided to transfer to Notre Dame, to get out of Hummel's shadow while still being able to play with familiar people (he had played AAU with Harangody, also the reason Harangody returned for his senior season). All in all, it is easy to believe that all 5 of these players will end up in the NBA. Hummel is supposedly a shoo-in, Johnson and Moore have increased people's opinions of themselves, while Harangody will certainly end up being picked up by a team like Hansbrough did last year, and Martin still likely has 3 years of athletic eligibility to impress NBA scouts if he and Notre Dame choose to seek an injury redshirt for this year. Because I thoroughly enjoy being a Hoosier, I am excited about cheering these young men in the NBA in the near future (though hopefully not next year except Harangody).

Since: Oct 27, 2006
Posted on: April 12, 2010 4:41 pm

Purdue's Johnson in draft. Moore next?

Wait a minute.  There's no way these guys should be entering the draft.  According to highly intelligent sources, they were the 2nd and 3rd best players on a team that didn't have 3 future NBA players on it.

Since: May 28, 2007
Posted on: April 12, 2010 3:20 pm

Purdue's Johnson in draft. Moore next?

Hope they both declare but return.  They will be a very good team next year if both are back.  Moore has no shot at being a first round pick.  Johnson might, but hopefully he comes back and improves his stock.

Since: Feb 27, 2007
Posted on: April 12, 2010 3:15 pm

Purdue's Johnson in draft. Moore next?

Right move for these guys. I can see Johnson sneaking into the first round this year, I'm sure this is all about getting feedback on their game from the pro's. Each good college player owes it to themselves to test it before their senior year. I doubt Painter would let them make a head scratching premature move, like is happening a lot right now.

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