Several recruiting sites and media outlets are reporting UNLV junior forward Mike Moser will transfer to Oregon. He was considering Washington and Gonzaga.
It’s a homecoming for the 6-8, 210-pound Portland native who won a state title at Grant High. A four-star recruit, he committed to Arizona before signing with UCLA. After one season with the Bruins (2009-10), he transferred to UNLV.
Moser became a star his first year with the Runnin’ Rebels. He averaged 14 points and 10.5 rebounds during the 2011-12 season and received honorable mention All-American honors. Moser considered entering the NBA draft, but chose to return to school.
However, his junior year wasn’t very productive.
He switched positions from power forward to small forward due to the addition of star prospect Anthony Bennett, who became an All-American freshman. Moser suffered an elbow injury that forced him to miss seven games and he averaged 7.1 points and 6.1 rebounds.
Moser made it clear that he wasn’t going to return to UNLV and is expected to graduate, which makes him immediately eligible to play next season.
Reportedly Washington was an early favorite to secure the coveted big man.
Landing Moser would been a significant acquisition for the Huskies who missed on touted prospect Aaron Gordon. Washington still has a scholarship remaining, but it appears as if the Huskies will begin the season with 12 scholarship players.
Moser would have been the second or third option on a UW team that will feature shooting guard C.J. Wilcox.
Washington’s loss is Oregon’s gain. Since the arrival of coach Dana Altman, the Ducks have had success with senior transfers including Arsalan Kazemi (Rice), Olu Ashaolu (Louisiana Tech) and Devoe Joseph (Minnesota).
Pac-12 Tournament champion Oregon, which finished 28-9 and advanced to the NCAA tournament Sweet 16, returns star point guard Dominic Artis and Damyean Dotson in the backcourt. Moser helps offset the loss of front court players E.J. Singler, Tony Woods, Carlos Emory and Kazemi.
The Ducks are also in pursuit of Tarik Black, a 6-9 junior power forward who is expected to transfer from Memphis.