On May 7th, former UNLV basketball player Mike Moser officially committed to the U of O for his last year of eligibility as a fifth year senior. What does this mean for Ducks basketball?
Well, it’s huge. This is the most important acquisition Coach Altman has made for the upcoming season. With Moser standing at 6”8 210 lbs, the transfer compensates for the loss of power forward Arsalan Kazemi and small forward E.J. Singler. He will most likely start at the power forward position alongside center Waverly Austin in the front court.
Moser, a Portland native, is a great rebounder who can run the floor. His skill set is perfect for the Ducks transition driven offense, and his defensive ability allows him to guard multiple positions.
His numbers last year were skewed by injuries and the fact that he played out of position. Moser played small forward for the Rebels because freshman standout Anthony Bennett (projected top 5 pick in NBA draft) was manning the power forward spot. In the 2011-12 season, Moser demonstrated his ability by posting averages of 14 points and 10.5 rebounds.
I expect Moser to produce a great season with the Ducks in the upcoming campaign. In particular, if he can further develop his outside/mid-range shooting he will become a true force. Look for the addition of Moser to help propel Oregon to a preseason top 25 ranking.