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February 6, 2008
The revolution at Purdue wasn't supposed to be in full swing for another year or two.
But the youthful Boilermakers decided not to wait.
Guard E'Twaun Moore is a member of Matt Painter's ballyhooed 2007 recruiting class, ranked by Rivals.com as the sixth-best in the nation. Moore averaged 18 points and shot 68.2 percent (15 of 22) last week as Purdue beat Iowa and Illinois to run its winning streak to seven. For his efforts, Moore is Rivals' National Freshman of the Week for the week ending Feb. 3.
"We definitely weren't picked to start off this well," Moore told Rivals.com. "But we had faith. We know winning doesn't come easy. We just give it our best."
The best of Moore and Co. has been plenty good enough so far. Their only conference loss came in East Lansing. They've won road games at Iowa, Penn State and Illinois, and they boast a home win over the Badgers, with the return date in Madison coming this Saturday.
Moore is the Boilermaker's second-leading scorer (11 points per game), and he's second in assists (2.5), too. He also is one of three Purdue players shooting better than 40 percent from 3-point range.
Moore, Hummel and Martin played AAU ball together for the SYF Players. That familiarity has made the transition easier.
"I knew the guys from Valparaiso, Robbie and Scott, pretty well because of playing together in the summer," said Moore, who's from East Chicago, Ind. "And I knew JaJuan pretty well, too. We talked on the phone a lot.
"We definitely knew we had a chance to be good, but we didn't know how good we could be right away."
It's a group that should be with Painter for a while.
"I think that's fair to say (that no one in the class is a one-and-done player)," Moore said. "We're a team and we'll make decisions together. We'll do what's best for us."
Bob McClellan is the college basketball editor for Rivals.com. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.