Wrapping up this recommended three-part film study, we’ll go with another relatively big two-guard, one who came within four points of joining the elusive 2,000-point club for his Duke basketball career. For one, Wendell Moore is essentially a guard, or at least he’d be wise to view himself that way if he has any intention of carving out an NBA career one day.
Besides, Moore will often need to line up at the two-spot and act as another ballhandler for a group of Blue Devils whose true backcourt looks to consist of only two incoming freshmen (Jeremy Roach and DJ Steward) and one returning full-time contributor (Jordan Goldwire).
Granted, Grayson Allen is an inch or two shorter and 15 pounds or so lighter than Moore. But even with that being the case — and even though Allen has a tad more bounce to his step — with the ball in their hands, they both tend to gravitate toward the basket via the middle of the lane. And while it’s true that Allen was borderline out of control at times on the attack, his craftiness is a characteristic Moore could benefit from watching on continuous replay.
Since Moore has already shown a penchant for game-winners, let’s look at Allen’s drive and creative finish to beat Virginia at the buzzer in 2016 — remember, it’s not a traveling violation if the refs don’t call it — which happened along his remarkable journey to increase his 4.7 points per game as a freshman to 21.6 a sophomore.
Moore already possesses a similar flair for off-balance running shots in the paint, which makes sense given his long arms. In this regard, he’s just lacking Allen’s refinement.
Also, as noted earlier, Moore exhibited a respectable amount of effort last season. However, anyone can learn a thing or two from Allen’s no-regard-for-safety headfirst dives for the ball, as he put on full display to energize Duke’s 2015 win in the title game against Wisconsin, as well as his overall competitive fire every single minute he was on the court.
Thomas Hill. Chris Carrawell. Grayson Allen. Take a scoop of each. Stir. Add it to the mix that Moore already brings. Put it in the Duke basketball blender. When you pour it out, you just might catch a whiff of a sophomore All-ACC performer.
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