Basketball

E'Twaun Moore returns to E.C. Central for annual skills camp

2013-06-28T17:30:00Z 2013-09-16T18:46:13Z E'Twaun Moore returns to E.C. Central for annual skills campJohn Burbridge john.burbridge@nwi.com, (219) 933-3371 nwitimes.com

EAST CHICAGO | Former East Chicago Central basketball coach Robert Miles posed a question to a group of youngsters.

"How many of you never missed a day of school?" the Indiana Basketball Hall of Famer asked.

Nearly 30 from a group of more than 100 raised their hands ... a surprisingly good percentage.

"I mean never missed a day of school," Miles emphasized.

Half that total meekly lowered their hands.

"Just to let you know, the guy you came here to see and the namesake of this camp never missed a day of high school as far as I know," Miles said in reference to E'Twaun Moore, who returned to alma mater E.C. Central Friday for his annual two-days skills camp.

"I learned from the first one we did (last year) that this takes a lot of energy," said Moore, who played for Miles during his underclass years at E.C. Central before leading the Cardinals to a Class 4A state championship in 2007 and then becoming a First-Team All-Big Ten and Academic All-American player at Purdue University.

Moore just finished his second season in the NBA and first with the Orlando Magic.

"With all these kids here, you just hope that energy will rub off on them," said Moore, who was assisted by older brother and camp director Ezell Moore, a former Cardinal himself, and a bevy of other former Cardinal players and colleagues.

"I'm hoping Robbie Hummel can make it in today," Moore said of a pending guest appearance from his former Purdue teammate who played a season in Spain's top level professional league after being a late second-round pick in 2012 for the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Hummel did make an appearance.

"Today, we're going to keep it simple ... ball-handling, defensive footwork ... layup drills," Moore said. "Tomorrow, were going to mix it up with some surprises. I'm not going to say what because I want to keep it a surprise."

As expected, the 2013 NBA Draft caught the attention of Moore, especially with his team owning the overall No. 2 pick, which it used to select Indiana consensus All-American and Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year Victor Oladipo.

Like Moore, Oladipo is a guard.

"I don't look at it affecting my playing time much," said Moore, who started 21 games for the Magic last season. "He plays more on the wing and I'm a 1-2 combo. I see us being on the court at the same time.

"He's an explosive player and a great defender. He should be a good fit for us."

Moore will return to Orlando on Sunday.

"I plan to do a lot of working out to get better and get stronger," he said.

 

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