Ronald Moore is a 30 year old 183cm point guard from Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania that is playing his ninth professional season and first with Openjobmetis Varese (Italy-Serie A). He has gained much European professional experience having played in countries like Slovakia, Poland, Hungry, Ukraine and Italy. He was among the league leaders in assists in every country he played in. Last season he led the Italian Serie A in assists with The Flexx Pistoia (Italy-Serie A) playing 30 games averaging 11.0ppg, 3.8rpg, Assists-1 (5.8apg), FGP: 39.5%, 3PT: 36.8%, FT: 76.6%. He played at Siena from 2006-2010 playing a total of 135 NCAA games and as a senior played 34 games averaging 7.0ppg, 3.4rpg, 7.7apg, 1.9spg, FGP: 31.8%, 3PT: 21.8%, FT: 64.1%. He spoke to germanhoops.com before the Fiba Europe Cup Final 4 when he played against German team s.Oliver Wurzburg.
Ronald thanks for talking to germanhoops.com Early in your career you played a Eurocup game with PGE Turow against Alba Berlin in Berlin. What memories do you have of that game?
I remember being excited to be playing in Eurocup playing against great competition. Alba had a great atmosphere in a great arena which are the type environments i love as a player.
Do you remember an extremely quick point guard by the name of Dashaun Wood who played at Wright State? I’m sure that you guys had some interesting duels on that night?
Yes, he was a good player. I always love going against great competition because it pushes me to be better.
Now you will be returning for a second time in the Fiba Europe Cup semi-finals against s.Oliver Wurzburg. Wurzburg is the place where Dirk Nowitski made a name for himself in the late 90’s before reaching the NBA. What will it mean for you being able to play in the gym where he played once?
It will be another great experience added to my career. I hope to embrace the moment and go out there and play at the level I know I’m capable of.
What do you know in general about the country Germany and it’s basketball? Have you had friends or ex teammates playing here in the past?
I don’t know much history about Germany, but I do know it is a great country to live and play in. I have had many friends who have played there and always wanted to play there before my career was over.
It has been seven years since you last played in international club play. You have helped Openjobmetis reach the semifinals. How special has it been for you being able to compete in the Fiba Europe Cup this season? You had two close wins over Prishtina and Oostende. Which win was bigger?
Playing in Fiba Europe Cup was one of the main reasons I came to Varese. I have not played in international club play and wanted to do so if I had the opportunity this season. I think the game in Prishtina was the bigger win because it was a tough environment to play in there.
What kind of series can we await against s.Oliver Wurzburg? They have a very talented squad and have guard terror with Cameron Wells, Jordan Hulls, Skyler Bowlin and Brad Losing always making life uncomfortable for opponents. How excited are you for the series?
I think it will be a hard fought series. They are a good team and we are looking forward to the matchup.
Your playing your fifth season in Italy and first with Openjobmetis Varese (Italy-Serie A). Has Italy become like a second home for you over the years and could you imagine finishing your career there?
Italy has become like a second home for me over the years and i do like my time I have spent here. I don’t know if I will finish my career here, it is possible. But I would like to experience playing in other countries if it presents itself.
You won your only two professional titles in Hungary. How challenging is it playing in the Italian Serie A and how has your game gotten better in this league?
It is hard to win championships no matter where you are. In Hungary we had a special team that allowed us to be that successful. Italy is definitely a tougher country from top to bottom and has a lot of talented players ever year.
Openjobmetis V is having a very strong season fighting for the playoffs. What has been special about playing for this organization in comparison to the other Italian ones you have played for?
Varese has a rich history in the Italian league, it has been nice to become a part of that history.
How vital has Canadian Thomas Scrubb been for the success of the club? What have you appreciated most about his play on the court?
Tommy I think it one of the most valuable pieces we have on this team. He effects the team both offensively & defensively each and every game. We would not be as successful as we have been without Tommy.
Let’s talk about your game. You weren’t much of a scorer at Siena (NCAA), but a great playmaker. You became more of a scorer as a professional. Did you always have that scoring ability and just didn’t need to show it at Siena?
I always loved being a pass first point guard, but with the ability to score. In college I didn’t need to score much because of the great players around me. At the professional level I quickly learned the clubs appreciate more point guards that score so I did just that while also balancing passing the ball.
You had to pay your dues in your first seasons as a professional in Slovakia, Poland, Hungary and the Ukraine. Why do you feel did it take so long for a higher league like Italy to notice your play?
I think a lot of good players sometimes have to take a tougher route to get to some of the top leagues. There are a lot factors that may cause that, but I am happy about my journey because it taught me a lot and helped me grow.
It doesn’t matter where you have played as a professional, you have always been in the top 5 in assists. You led Slovakia and Italy in assists and was second in Hungary and the Ukraine. What is your secret to making an assist?
I just have been blessed with the talent of passing the ball. I always try to get the ball to my teammates in the best scoring position. I have to thank all of my teammates for finishing off the plays by scoring the ball.
You have made numerous assists in your career, but what was your favorite that was important in a game and what was your most spectacular and acrobatic pass that you have made?
That is a tough question. I can’t think of just one right now but making tough passes in the traffic of defense are some of my favorite assists.
Now at age 30 on what parts of your game are you working on most to continue to be a consistent player and continue to improve?
I want to be more consistent with my 3point shot. I think as I get older and keep slowing down a little my 3 point shot has to be more consistent and that is something I work on.
Your cousin is ex NBA player John Salmons. What kind of an influence has he been on your career? Was he a guy that had an impact on you becoming the player you are today?
Yes of course, he passed on a lot of knowledge to me about the game of basketball. When you have somebody in your family make it that far, it only motivates you to go as far as you can.
You played the last 3 years for The Flexx Pistoia (Italy-Serie A). How important were the last three years in terms of how your game was able to develop playing in one of Europe’s top leagues?
I think it was very important. I was able to make a real name for myself in this league. I was a captain and learned how to lead a team in this league and take them to the playoff two years in a row.
How important was a guy like guard Jamon Gordon? What were you able to soak up from his vast experience?
Jamon taught me a lot in a short time. He was an experienced euroleague player and taught me a few things about being a leader as well as making plays. I was fortunate to have him as a teammate and still being able to speak to him even after he left the team.
You played parts of two seasons for JuveCaserta (Italy-SerieA) and was teammates with ex NBA player Sam Young. What memories do you have of him? How did his experience help you in Italy as you continuing to make a name there?
Sam was a good guy. I also was fortunate to learn some things from him as well not only about basketball but about planning for life after basketball.
In your third professional season you played with Albacomp-UPC Szekesfehervar (Hungary-A Division) playing 45 games averaging 11.5ppg, 3.8rpg, Assists-2 (6.3apg), Steals-4 (2.3spg), FGP: 46.4%, 3PT: 32.3%, FT: 72.5%. You won two titles. You had some big playoff battles. What made this team so special that season?
We had a lot of weapons on that team and we played together. We liked playing together on the court as well and hanging out off the court. I think this is important and that special bond makes a team really good when they work together towards a goal.
In your second season you played with PGE Turow Zgorzelec (Poland-PLK). I covered German Konrad Wysocki for a season in Frankfurt. What do you remember about the intelligence of the Princeton graduate?
Konrad was my guy. He was a great captain and taught me a lot in my young career at that time. He was a stand up guy and I enjoyed playing alongside of him.
As a rookie you played with BK SPU Nitra (Slovakia-Extraliga) playing 48 games averaging 16.9ppg, 5.0rpg, Assists-1 (6.9apg), Steals-2 (2.4spg), FGP: 38.8%, 3PT: 32.3%, FT: 71.6%. What was your wake up call to being a rookie in Slovakia where you knew that you were very far away from home?
My first year was really tough being in Slovakia. I actually thought about leaving and going home. It was such a cultural shock for me, but I was lucky to have good American teammates along with family members who helped me get through that season.
How important was it having a guy like J J Montgomery around as a rookie? What do you remember being his most important piece of advice about basketball overseas?
JJ was one of the Americans that helped me get through my first season. He helped me understand that business side of basketball and going out each and every day to do your job. It made me grow up quick in that sense.
You played at Siena (NCAA) from 2006-2010 winning the MAAC tournament in 2008,2009 and 2010. Which title was the sweetest for you?
I believe the sweetest one was the 2009 title. We had such a special group of guys and we knew we were a dangerous team. We had got a taste of what is was like our first year and we just wanted more. That drove us all season in 2009 with playing against some of the best teams in the country. Siena years were a time I will never forget.
Recount your game winner against Ohio State in the NCAA tournament. Is this one of those videos you like watching from time to time?
It is definitely one of the greatest moments in my basketball career. People from Siena until this day still bring it up and it is a great feeling watching that video from time to time.
How important was a guy like Kenny Hasbrouck for you. He was a year older, but accompanied you in your first three seasons. Have you followed his professional path?
Kenny is one of my best friends. He was like an older brother at school and took me under his wing and helped me along the way. I follow him for sure through his professional career and we support one another.
How did head coach Fran Mccaffery groom and prepare you best for a professional basketball career?
Coach McCafferry is one of the best coaches I ever played for. He just gave me the confidence to be a leader as well as the confidence to compete against anybody. That little intangible has helped me along my entire career.
Who won a one on one in practice you or Kenny Hasbrouck?
Haha, I will give it to Kenny only because he ability to score in so many different ways. We both are real competitors so it wouldn’t be an easy game for either person.
Who was the toughest player that you battled in the NCAA that is in the NBA now?
I would have to say Derrick Rose. His speed and athleticism at the guard position was unmatched in college. He was a tough cover as well as a great defender to score on.
If you had to pick your personal favorite starting five of teammates over the years which players would you chose?
Thats is a tough question. Not including myself I would have to say Kenny Hasbrouck, Brandon Wood, Terran Pettway, Jeff Brooks, Alex Kirk. There are many more, I played with a lot of talented guys.
If you had to construct your very own NBA mount Rushmore which 4 heads would you pick?
Michael Jordan, Lebron James, Kobe Bryant, Shaq
What is your personal opinion about the never ending debate of who is the greatest between Michael Jordan and Lebron James?
I think Michael Jordan will always be the standard. I am a huge Lebron James fan and because he is my era of basketball I tend to choose him as the greatest.
What was the last movie that you saw?
The last movie I saw was Captain Marvel.
Thanks Ronald for the chat.