EuroCup Star Turn: Adrien Moerman

Jul 23, 2020 by Print
EuroCup Star Turn: Adrien Moerman

For more than a decade, power forward Adrien Moerman has been an established rebounding force and a dangerous shooter among Europe's basketball elite. Even though he played three full professional seasons as a teenager and had his first try in the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague at age 21, Moerman's career climb has been a gradual one and included three seasons in the 7DAYS EuroCup, which have helped him turn into the basketball star he is today.

What came before

Moerman was one of the most promising young players in France after playing for all the national team youth categories. He made his professional debut with Roanne in the 2005-06 campaign at the age of 17. Moerman played a pair of EuroLeague seasons early in his professional career, too. His debut came with Entente Orleans in 2009-10 when he posted 6.2 points and 2.9 rebounds, before significantly improving two years later when another stint in the competition arrived with SLUC Nancy. Moerman had seven games with at least 10 points and raised some eyebrows when he pulled down 15 rebounds in a road game at Fenerbahce Istanbul. In 10 appearances that season, he averaged 11.9 points, 5.6 rebounds and 1.4 steals.

EuroCup experience

Moerman made his EuroCup debut in the 2012-13 season with Uxue Bilbao. In a different role than he was already accustomed to, one off the bench, he helped Bilbao reach the 2013 EuroCup Finals where the team lost in a one-game showdown against Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar. Moerman averaged 4.9 points and 4.1 rebounds that season. His next time in the competition came in 2014-15 with Limoges CSP. The season started for Moerman and Limoges in the EuroLeague regular season, but they joined the EuroCup Last 32 after not making it to the EuroLeague Top 16. Moerman shined in six games with 12.0 points while ranking fourth in the Last 32 with 8.5 rebounds. He also tallied 1.7 steals.

The following season, Moerman fully established himself as the player he is today, a versatile power forward and a rebounding ace with a shooting touch from all ranges. In that 2015-16 campaign, Moerman led Banvit Bandirma in the EuroCup with 13.7 points on 40.2% three-point shooting, while leading all of the Eurocup with 8.6 rebounds in 18 appearances. He pulled down at least 8 rebounds in 12 different games and scored in double digits 12 times, including nine games with 16 or more points that season.

What came after

In each of the four years since his last EuroCup appearance, Moerman has played in the EuroLeague. Before an injury sidelined him for the majority of the last season, Moerman was a difference-maker on EuroLeague floors with three different teams. In 2016-17, he was one of the key players for Darussafaka Istanbul on its way to the EuroLeague Playoffs. Moerman averaged 8.1 points and 5.1 rebounds as a part-time starter. His performances earned him a move to FC Barcelona, where he started all but seven Barcelona games the next season. He averaged 7.6 points and 5.5 rebounds, including a massive double-double of 17 points and 13 rebounds in a 27-point road win at Olympiacos Piraeus.

However, Moerman's career-best season came with Anadolu Efes in 2018-19. A regular starter on Efes's historic trip to the 2019 EuroLeague championship game, Moerman averaged 12.0 points on 40.1% three-point shooting; he ranked sixth in the EuroLeague with 6.1 rebounds per game and just outside the top 10 with a PIR of 15.2. That season Moerman set career-highs in points (23) and PIR (33). During a five-game playoff series against his former club, Barcelona, Moerman averaged 36:15 minutes per game, scoring in double figures in each game, including 18 points in the deciding Game 5. Only 31 years of age, there appears to be more greatness in store for Moerman.