Sunday, April 21, 2013
Where will Moser land?
By Luke Lapinski
Mike Moser's career has already had more twists and turns that he'd probably prefer. He arrived on the college scene as a top 60 recruit in the 2009 class, and ultimately ended up at UCLA. But not before originally intending to play for Arizona. The 2009-10 season proved that Westwood might not be the best fit for him, however, so he ended up transferring away from the Bruins.
That decision landed him at UNLV, where he erupted for a monster sophomore campaign. He averaged 14.0 points and 10.5 rebounds during the 2011-12 season, generating buzz as a potential All-American heading into his junior season. But injuries derailed him a little in 2012-13, and the arrival of freshman sensation Anthony Bennett in the Rebels' frontcourt seemed to hinder Moser's production. He saw his minutes drop from just over 31 a game to just over 21, and his numbers across the board dipped as a result.
Now he's looking to transfer again, and teams are lining up. Washington was immediately pegged as the frontrunner when the news came out earlier this month that he was leaving Las Vegas, and the hope in Seattle is that C.J. Wilcox's decision to return to school by will help lure Moser to the Huskies. Oregon is making a push as well, and it certainly doesn't hurt that Moser is from Portland. To that end, Gonzaga might emerge as a darkhorse contender here as well. According to Left Coast Recruiting, Moser has already visited Oregon and Washington, and then will travel to Spokane the following weekend. It would be interesting to see how Moser would fit in Mark Few's gameplan. The presence of Przemek Karnowski and Sam Dower would allow Moser to play a 3/4 hybrid, and we have to wonder whether the coaching staff has stressed to Moser how they have used Elias Harris for four seasons.