Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Moore's Power Move Puts Him in a New Position

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Moore's Power Move Puts Him in a New Position

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J.J. Moore came to Pitt as a 6-foot-6, 200-pound small forward. Tall and lanky was an apt description for him when he matriculated to the university from Long Island. As Moore gets set to begin his junior season, words like jacked and ripped are being used to describe his appearance.

Moore has bulked up to 215 pounds and looks like he could play defensive end for Pitt football coach Paul Chryst. He won't be pulling off that position switch, but he is adding power forward to his resume this fall.

Expect to see Moore playing some at power forward tonight when the Panthers play host to IUP in their first exhibition game of the season at the Petersen Events Center.

The position switch has been a long time coming, but Moore's new body is the result of an offseason in which he had to do more weight lifting than running and shooting because of a foot injury. Moore sustained a fractured fifth metatarsal in his right foot in the spring and could not play basketball all summer. He had surgery to repair the injury in April and did not get back on the court until last month.

For four months, the weight room became Moore's refuge when he could do little else.

"He couldn't do any shooting or running, so he was in the weight room working hard," coach Jamie Dixon said. "He's always been a hard worker. He did about as much as he could with that situation. Lifting is what he focused on."

Moore averaged 7.5 points per game as a sophomore last season, but he had a hard time getting on the court on a regular basis because starting small forward Lamar Patterson was playing so well in front of him.

Moore didn't possess a very well-rounded game last season. He excelled in the open court and dazzled when he got out on fastbreaks and threw down some of his signature dunks, but he didn't earn a regular role in Dixon's rotation because he was a streaky shooter, didn't handle the ball particularly well and was an inconsistent defender. …

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