The long-awaited decision of UNLV transfer forward Mike Moser apparently came down today, and it wasn’t positive for two of the three teams in the running — Washington and Gonzaga. Moser, according to the Oregon website DuckTerritory.com, committed to the Ducks.
The website quoted a text from Moser’s AAU coach and mentor, Kumbeno Memory, as saying, “Mike just committed to Oregon.”
Oregon coach Dana Altman has had much success in recent seasons with one-year transfers, getting big production in 2011-12 from Olu Ashaolu (Louisiana Tech) and this year, Arsalan Kazemi (Rice).
Washington had been linked to Moser by CBSSports.com last month. But the Portland product didn’t decide right away, and took visits to all three schools recently.
The Ducks were probably the least equipped at Moser’s forward spot, and most able to offer the biggest role. They lose the bulk of their front line, but return guards Dominic Artis and Damyean Dotson. Washington loses center Aziz N’Diaye, but returns forwards Shawn Kemp Jr., Desmond Simmons and Jernard Jarreau.
Gonzaga takes a big hit inside with the loss of center Kelly Olynyk and senior Elias Harris, but has back promising Polish rising sophomore Przemek Karnowski and fifth-year senior Sam Dower.
The Zags are recruiting another final-year transfer in Tulane’s Josh Davis.