INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – “It’s great to come back, get a lot of love from around the country.”
He’s earned it. Former Butler star Shelvin Mack and Purdue hero E’Twaun Moore are teaming up to share their success stories. Both were second round draft picks in 2011, no sure thing, but through hard work, they’re NBA contributors.
Now, they’ve teamed up to host their first camp at Brebeuf High School.
“I think it’s a great opportunity,” added Mack. “Especially for me and E’Twaun to come back to Indianapolis, kind of a home base for both of us to try to give back to the community and I think it’s going pretty well for the first year.”
“When I was younger, I was definitely having fun,” said Moore. “I went to Glen Robinson camp when I was younger and I was very excited, so I know it means a lot for me to come out here, spend some time with them, interact and have a good time.”
Moore was drafted by the Boston Celtics, but has found a home with a rebuilding Orlando Magic team, an opportunity that’s worked.
“They needed some shooters, so they got me to play,” Moore said. “I’m more than happy to come and contribute and grateful for the opportunity.”
Mack earned rotation minutes in Atlanta with a Hawks team that gave the Pacers fits in the playoffs.
“I think it all came together,” said Mack. “The first two years were up and down with different situations, but I feel like I made a home in Atlanta. Everything just felt great, had great teammates, the coaching staff believed in me that’s what made everything so special.”
The duo never played against each other in college, but worked out together in the lockout year and became friends. Now, they’re able to enjoy and give back.
“It’s a lot of fun for me,” added Moore. “I’m like a big kid myself attending my own camp right now. I definitely have a lot of fun.”
As for the future, Mack and Moore are free agents looking for an NBA home. Both hope it happens in July, but their hard work and dedication to their craft has already paid off big time.