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Eric Moreland (born December 24, 1991) is an American professional basketball player who is currently a free agent. He played college basketball for the Oregon State Beavers.

Eric Moreland
Eric Moreland.jpg
Moreland shoots a free throw in 2012
Free agent
PositionPower forward / Center
Personal information
Born (1991-12-24) December 24, 1991 (age 27)
Houston, Texas
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)
Listed weight238 lb (108 kg)
Career information
High schoolHightower (Missouri City, Texas)
Ocean Academy
(Bayville, New Jersey)
CollegeOregon State (2010–2014)
NBA draft2014 / Undrafted
Playing career2014–present
Career history
20142016Sacramento Kings
2014–2016Reno Bighorns
2016–2017Canton Charge
2017–2018Detroit Pistons
2018–2019Phoenix Suns
2019Toronto Raptors
Career highlights and awards
Stats at NBA.com
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

High school careerEdit

Following his graduation from Hightower High School in January 2010, Moreland enrolled at Ocean Academy in Bayville, New Jersey for one semester where he averaged 15.5 points and 2.6 blocks per game.[1]

College careerEdit

Although originally being recruited by Oregon State, Moreland signed with UTEP in January 2010 upon his graduation from Hightower High. However, following the release of UTEP's head coach Tony Barbee in March 2010, Moreland was released from his scholarship and signed with Oregon State in May 2010. In August 2010, the NCAA cleared him to play immediately with four years of eligibility.[2][3]

Moreland played four games in 2010–11 before suffering a season-ending left shoulder injury against Colorado on December 4, 2010 that required surgery. On August 4, 2011, he was granted medical hardship, allowing him to retain four years of college eligibility.[1]

In his redshirted freshman season in 2011–12, Moreland played in all 36 games and started 17. He led the Pac-12 in blocked shots, the first Oregon State player to lead the conference in that category since Nick DeWitz in 2005–06. In addition, he broke the Oregon State single-season record with 69 blocked shots that was held by Scott Haskin (68 in 1991–92) and shattered the Oregon State freshman blocked shots record that was set the season before by Devon Collier (23). In 36 games, he averaged 5.2 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.9 blocks in 20.5 minutes per game.[1]

In his sophomore season, Moreland earned Pac-12 All-Defensive Honorable Mention honors. He was also named the Pac-12 Player of the Week on December 24, 2012 after posting two double-doubles and averaging 17.0 points and 11.5 rebounds in wins over Howard and San Diego. In 29 games (22 starts), he averaged 9.4 points, 10.6 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 2.5 blocks in 30.7 minutes per game.[1]

In his junior season, Moreland played just 20 games after he was suspended for the first 12 games for a violation of team rules. He went on to earn Pac-12 All-Defensive Honorable Mention honors for the second straight year after he became just the third player in Oregon State history to average double-figure rebounds in multiple seasons. In 20 games (19 starts), he averaged 8.9 points, 10.3 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 2.0 blocks in 29.4 minutes per game.[1]

On April 12, 2014, Moreland declared for the NBA draft, foregoing his final year of college eligibility. He finished his Oregon State career as the all-time leader in blocked shots (184) and blocked shots average (2.07), and fifth all-time in rebounds (762) and sixth in rebounding average (8.6).[1] He graduated in March 2014 with a degree in Human Development and Family Science.[1]

Professional careerEdit

Sacramento Kings (2014–2016)Edit

After going undrafted in the 2014 NBA draft, Moreland joined the Sacramento Kings for the 2014 NBA Summer League.[4] On July 30, 2014, he signed with the Kings[5][6] and went on to receive multiple assignments to the Reno Bighorns of the NBA Development League[7] before being ruled out for the rest of the 2014–15 season on January 1, 2015 due to a labral tear in his left shoulder.[8] He recovered in time to participate in the 2015 NBA Summer League, where he averaged 6.4 points and 8.0 rebounds in five games. On July 29, 2015, Moreland was waived by the Kings,[9] only to be re-signed by the team for training camp on September 9.[10][11][12] On December 16, 2015, he was ruled out indefinitely after sustaining a fracture of the fifth metatarsal in his left foot during practice earlier that day.[13] Five days later, he was ruled out for eight weeks after undergoing successful surgery on his left foot.[14] On March 19, 2016, he was assigned to the Reno Bighorns.[15] He was later recalled by the Kings on April 1.[16]

Canton Charge (2016–2017)Edit

On September 26, 2016, Moreland signed with the Cleveland Cavaliers.[17] After being waived by the Cavaliers on October 3, 2016,[18] he was acquired by the Canton Charge of the NBA Development League on November 1, 2016.[19] On February 6, 2017, he was named in the Eastern Conference All-Star team for the 2017 NBA D-League All-Star Game.[20] At the season's end, he was named to the All-NBA D-League Third Team and NBA D-League All-Defensive Team.

Detroit Pistons (2017–2018)Edit

On July 6, 2017, Moreland signed with the Detroit Pistons.[21] On January 6, 2018, in a 108–101 win over the Houston Rockets, Moreland replaced the injured Andre Drummond at center for the first start of his career and set career highs with eight points, four assists and 36 minutes.[22] In the Pistons' season finale on April 11, 2018, Moreland had career highs with 16 points, 17 rebounds, four blocks and four steals in 41 minutes in a 119–87 win over the Chicago Bulls.[23]

On July 8, 2018, Moreland was waived by the Pistons.[24] On September 21, 2018, Moreland signed with the Toronto Raptors.[25] After appearing in three preseason games, Moreland was waived on October 12.[26] After being waived by the Raptors, Moreland participated as a member of Team USA for the Americas' 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup qualification rounds on November 29 and December 3, 2018, leading the team in rebounds in the second game he played there.[27][28]

Phoenix Suns (2018–2019)Edit

On December 10, 2018, Moreland signed with the Phoenix Suns,[29] but was waived on January 3, 2019.[30] He played only one game with Phoenix on December 31, 2018, against the Golden State Warriors.[31]

Toronto Raptors (2019)Edit

On March 14, 2019, Toronto Raptors announced that they had signed Moreland to a 10-day contract.[32] Moreland later played with the Raptors the same day. On March 23, 2019, Moreland's 10-day contract with the Raptors was not renewed, but on April 9, 2019, the Raptors signed Moreland for the remainder of the season. Moreland won an NBA Championship with the Raptors when they defeated the Golden State Warriors in 6 games of the 2019 NBA Finals.

Career statisticsEdit

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high
Denotes season in which Moreland won an NBA championship

NBAEdit

Regular seasonEdit

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2014–15 Sacramento 3 0 .7 1.000 - - .3 .0 .0 .0 .7
2015–16 Sacramento 8 0 6.0 .500 - .500 1.4 .1 .0 .5 1.0
2017–18 Detroit 67 3 12.0 .541 - .379 4.1 1.2 .5 .8 2.1
2018–19 Phoenix 1 0 5.0 .000 - - 3.0 .0 .0 .0 .0
2018–19 Toronto 4 0 9.5 .429 1.000 - 4.3 1.0 .3 .3 1.8
Career 83 3 10.8 .537 1.000 .394 3.7 1.0 .4 .7 1.9

PlayoffsEdit

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2019 Toronto 8 0 3.5 .500 - .500 1.6 .4 .0 .0 .3
Career 8 0 3.5 .500 - .500 1.6 .4 .0 .0 .3

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Eric Moreland – 2013–14 Men's Basketball Roster". osubeavers.com. Retrieved September 26, 2016.
  2. ^ "Eric Moreland Joins UTEP Basketball Team". UTEPAthletics.com. January 14, 2010. Retrieved July 2, 2014.
  3. ^ Buker, Paul (August 10, 2010). "UTEP transfer Eric Moreland granted immediate eligibility by NCAA, a big boost for Oregon State basketball". OregonLive.com. Retrieved July 2, 2014.
  4. ^ "Kings to Hold Mini-Camp in Las Vegas Prior to 2014 Samsung NBA Summer League". NBA.com. July 1, 2014. Retrieved July 2, 2014.
  5. ^ "Kings Sign Eric Moreland". NBA.com. July 30, 2014. Retrieved July 30, 2014.
  6. ^ Herbert, James (July 30, 2014). "Kings sign undrafted rookie big man Eric Moreland". CBSSports.com. Retrieved July 30, 2014.
  7. ^ "All-Time NBA Assignments". NBA.com. Retrieved March 19, 2016.
  8. ^ Myron, Chuck (January 1, 2015). "Eric Moreland To Miss Rest Of Season". HoopsRumors.com. Retrieved January 1, 2015.
  9. ^ "Kings Waive Eric Moreland". NBA.com. July 29, 2015. Retrieved July 29, 2015.
  10. ^ "Kings bringing back Eric Moreland on a one-year partially guaranteed deal". SactownRoyalty.com. September 3, 2015. Retrieved October 4, 2015.
  11. ^ "2015-16 NBA Transactions". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved October 4, 2015.
  12. ^ "2015-2016 Sacramento Kings Transactions History". RealGM.com. Retrieved October 4, 2015.
  13. ^ "Eric Moreland Suffers Broken Foot". NBA.com. December 16, 2015. Retrieved December 16, 2015.
  14. ^ Jones, Jason (December 21, 2015). "Eric Moreland had surgery to repair the..." Twitter. Retrieved December 21, 2015.
  15. ^ "Kings Assign Moreland to Reno". NBA.com. March 19, 2016. Retrieved March 19, 2016.
  16. ^ "Kings Recall Dukan and Moreland from Reno". OurSportsCentral.com. April 1, 2016. Retrieved April 1, 2016.
  17. ^ "Cavaliers Announce 2016-17 Training Camp Roster". NBA.com. September 26, 2016. Archived from the original on September 26, 2016. Retrieved September 26, 2016. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  18. ^ "Cavaliers Sign Point Guard Toney Douglas". NBA.com. October 3, 2016. Retrieved October 3, 2016.
  19. ^ "Canton Charge 2016 Training Camp Roster". NBA.com. November 1, 2016. Retrieved November 1, 2016.
  20. ^ "Rosters for 2017 NBA Development League All-Star Game Presented By Kumho Tire". NBA.com. February 6, 2017. Retrieved February 7, 2017.
  21. ^ "Detroit Pistons Sign Free Agent Center Eric Moreland". NBA.com. July 6, 2017. Retrieved July 6, 2017.
  22. ^ "Drummond-less Pistons hold off Harden-less Rockets 108-101". ESPN.com. January 6, 2018. Retrieved January 6, 2018.
  23. ^ "Kennard, Moreland have career nights as Pistons rout Bulls". ESPN.com. April 11, 2018. Retrieved April 11, 2018.
  24. ^ Ellis, Vince (July 8, 2018). "Detroit Pistons add Zaza Pachulia, will move on from Eric Moreland". freep.com. Retrieved July 8, 2018.
  25. ^ "Raptors Sign Eric Moreland". NBA.com. September 21, 2018. Retrieved September 21, 2018.
  26. ^ "Raptors Waive Four". NBA.com. October 12, 2018. Retrieved October 12, 2018.
  27. ^ http://www.fiba.basketball/basketballworldcup/2019/americas-qualifiers/game/2911/Argentina-USA
  28. ^ http://www.fiba.basketball/basketballworldcup/2019/americas-qualifiers/game/0212/Uruguay-USA
  29. ^ "Phoenix Suns Sign Eric Moreland". NBA.com. December 10, 2018. Retrieved December 10, 2018.
  30. ^ "Suns Waive Eric Moreland". NBA.com. January 3, 2019. Retrieved January 3, 2019.
  31. ^ https://www.nba.com/games/20181231/GSWPHX#
  32. ^ "Raptors Sign Eric Moreland To 10-Day Contract". NBA.com. March 14, 2019. Retrieved March 14, 2019.

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