Jan 28, 2012; Colorado Springs, CO, USA; UNLV Rebels forward Mike Moser (43) prepares to dunk the basketball as Air Force Falcons guard/forward Mike Fitzgerald (5) watches in overtime at Clune Arena. The Rebels defeated the Falcons in overtime 65-63. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Washington Huskies Basketball: Mike Moser To UW?


According to a report from Jeff Goodman of CBS Sports, forward Mike Moser will “likely” transfer to Washington for his senior season. Because he will have graduated, Moser won’t have to sit out a season like other transfers.

Moser hails from Grant HS in Portland and originally committed to Arizona, then landed with UCLA. Coming out of high school, he was ranked in the top-100 prospects and was heavily recruited.

After a season at UCLA, in which he saw very little playing time, Moser transferred to UNLV. Before Anthony Bennett arrived, Moser starred for the Rebels and was considered a dark horse National Player of the Year candidate entering this season.

However, the arrival of Bennett displaced Moser to the small forward slot. This, combined with him dislocating his elbow early in the season, made it difficult for him to repeat his success from the year prior.

Now with a program that will allow him to compete at his natural power forward position, Moser will look to return to averaging 14 points and 10.5 rebounds per game, rather than his 7.1 and 6.1 averages of last season.

With the departure of Aziz N’Diaye from an already weak frontcourt, Moser will slide right in alongside Shawn Kemp Jr. and Perris Blackwell. Add in Jernard Jarreau, Desmond Simmons and Gilles Dierickx and the Huskies should have one of the deepest and most talented frontcourts in the Pac-12.

A lineup featuring Nigel Williams-Goss, Andrew Andrews, C.J. Wilcox, Moser and Blackwell will be the most athletic team Lorenzo Romar will have fielded since the Nate Robinson/Brandon Roy eras.

While the loss of Aaron Gordon hurts, the addition of Moser almost completely makes up for it. In all likelihood, Gordon would have only stayed one year, like Moser. There are few players in the country that are as talented as Gordon, but Moser has the potential to match his numbers due to experience and talent of his own.

Again, nothing has been confirmed by the UNLV athletic department, but Mike Grimala of RunRebs.com talked to UNLV head coach Dave Rice, who had this to say:

 

 

Once the reports are confirmed, we will have further analysis right here on The Husky Haul!

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