Villanova sophomore Justin Moore is making huge strides in sophomore season

Justin Moore has been an impact player ever since he first stepped on the court for the Villanova Wildcats. Moore averaged 11.3 points and 3.1 rebounds per game while shooting 39% from long range. He was one of the Wildcats’ most important players and this year has continued to evolve into one of college basketball’s most dangerous guards.  

At 6’4, 210 lbs, he has gotten stronger, smoother, and quicker with his moves. He puts the pressure on his back to be one of the difference-makers on the court and it has shown even more this season.

Moore was the number one player out of Maryland and the seventh-ranked shooting guard in the 2019 basketball class, becoming the 57th ranked player overall. He was a five-time Big East freshman of the week and recently named to the Jerry West Award watchlist which awards the best shooting guard in the country.  

He is averaging 14.2 points and 4.4 rebounds this year, continuing to evolve as advertised out of DeMatha Catholic high school into a premier player. He has carved a rise in his field goal percentage from last year’s 41% to this season’s 45% and his free throw percentage has gone from 71% to 77%.

Even though his three-point percentage has gone down from 39% to 36%, he is averaging more three pointers made and attempted. Moore is now proven to be one of the top players on the Wildcats and if recent history repeats itself, that benefits a player come draft night.

Nova have enjoyed an emphatic start to the season, going 4-1 and playing some tricky opponents including #13 ranked Texas, whom they beat 68-64. Moore put up in 19 points, leading the team in scoring alongside Jeremiah Robinson-Earl. Moore also added 15 points in the win over Hartford.

This year could turn out to be a very special year for Justin Moore, who has the potential to help Nova to a national championship and earn first-round draft placement. 

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