Ducks fans, get used to the name Mike Moser. The former UNLV forward has decided to spend his last season of eligibility in none other than Eugene, Oregon.
Moser was a can’t miss prospect in high school for Grant High School in Portland, Oregon before committing to UCLA. After riding the bench for one season as a Bruin, Moser transferred to UNLV. His first season as a Running Rebel was sensational.
Moser averaged 14.1 points and 10.5 rebounds and was even considered to be a late first round pick in the NBA draft had he decided to enter.
Last season however was frustrating for Moser. He was rarely if ever 100% suffering from a multitude of injuries including a dislocated elbow. Due to the rise of future lottery pick and NCAA All American Anthony Bennett, who, like Moser, thrived at the power forward position, Moser struggled playing most of the season on the wing, only shooting 37% from the field.
Despite his struggles last season, If Moser can remain healthy and return to his natural position; he can be a MAJOR asset for the Ducks. Despite lacking a ton of strength, Moser is an elite rebounder. He averaged an astounding 15 rebounds per 40 minutes of action during his sophomore season for the Rebels. He also is explosive around the basket, can block shots, get steals and pass proficiently.
Moser’s former AAU coach thinks that Moser can successively replace beloved Duck Arsalam Kazemi. He told Oregon Live:
[gn_quote style=”1″]”They’re both high-energy guys, they’re both glue guys who can help bind the team together and help get the team extra possessions. Altman does a really good job of putting guys in position to succeed, and that’s something ‘Mose’ recognized while they were recruiting him.”[/gn_quote]
One of the deciding factors in Moser’s decision was Altman’s success in successfully utilizing transfers in their last year of eligibility. Some of the Ducks best players over the last couple years fit this category including Devoe Joseph and Kazemi.
There is no doubt that the Ducks will miss EJ Singler, Kazemi, Carlos Emery and Tony Woods. But with the return of standout freshman Dominic Artis and Damyean Dotson, and the additions of Moser and ESPN top 100 recruit, Jordan Bell, the 213-2014 Ducks roster is shaping up rather nicely.