FAIRFAX, Va. – 2017 Atlantic 10 Most Improved Player Marquise Moore has worked out for a pair of NBA teams leading up to Thursday’s 2017 NBA Draft.
The Queens, N.Y., product has spent the better part of the past couple weeks meeting with teams, working out with fellow prospects, conducting interviews and strategizing a potential landing spot for his professional basketball career.
Moore began his workouts with the Houston Rockets on June 15 before heading to Philadelphia for a session with the 76ers on June 19.
The 2017 NBA Draft is scheduled for Thursday, June 22 at 7 p.m. on ESPN. The annual event will be held at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.
If he is not drafted Thursday, Moore still has an excellent chance to compete on an NBA Summer League team and have the chance to work his way onto a league roster or further supplement his resume for a career overseas. The trio of NBA summer leagues are scheduled for July 1-6 in Orlando, July 3-6 in Utah and July 7-17 in Las Vegas.
Moore recently put the finishing touches on one of the best all-around seasons by a guard in NCAA history. The NABC District 4 First Team pick led the Patriots in scoring (16.9 ppg), rebounding (10.9 rpg) and assists (3.5 apg) while shooting 48.3 percent from the floor.
His 20 double-doubles were tied for the most by a guard since the stat has been kept (2009-10), while his 10.9 rebounds/game and 9.1 defensive rebounds/contest were tops by all Div. I guards since the 1993-94 campaign. The 6-foot-2-inch guard ranked third in the nation in 2016-17 in defensive rebounding and was eighth in the nation in overall rebounding.
In addition to leading the conference in rebounding, Moore ranked ninth in the A-10 in scoring, eighth in minutes played, 11th in assists and 12th in field goal percentage. He posted 10+ points in 28 of 34 contests and 20+ points in 11 games. Moore also registered the first triple-double in George Mason history after a 17-point, 16-rebound, 10-assist performance at Penn on Dec. 10.
Moore led the Green & Gold to the first Atlantic 10 Tournament win in program history on March 9 vs. Fordham, tallying 25 points, a career-high 19 rebounds and five assists in the game. His 18.0 rebounds/game over the course of the tournament set an Atlantic 10 record and helped the senior garner A-10 All-Tournament accolades for the first time in his career.
Moore set a new Mason single-season rebounding record with 367 boards on the year. He ends his career seventh all-time at Mason in assists (363), seventh in free throws made (373), 12th in rebounding (694) and 21st in scoring (1270 points). He is the only player in Patriot history to post 1200+ points, 600+ rebounds and 300+ assists in a career.
Behind Moore’s efforts, the Patriots put together a turnaround season in 2016-17. Mason set a new program record for Atlantic 10 victories (9) and its 20 overall wins were the most by the program since 2012-13. After winning 11 games total and five A-10 contests in 2015-16, Mason ranked as of the nation’s 20 most improved teams this season.