The opportunity to have a one and done talent come to Fayetteville, Arkansas, doesn’t happen often. For that matter, it’s never happened. A freshman from Monteverde Academy, however, is vying to be the first. His recent play has Moses Moody turning into a top 10 pick as a freshman.
Moody Turning Into a Top 10 Pick
Moses Moody, the 6-5 guard, originally hailing from Little Rock, has turned heads this season with his play. Coming from Monteverde Academy, a prep school in Florida, Moody is used to playing with stars, including fellow freshman, Oklahoma State’s Cade Cunningham, also looking to be drafted in the first round.
His play this season has been nothing short of spectacular, except for a few games where he has been off on his scoring. By and large, so far, he has been nearly unstoppable. His length gives him an advantage in rebounding and on the defensive end.
Rated as a 4-star guard by 24/7 Sports, Moody was looked at initially as a guy that could go pro after a couple of years in college. Still, after his consistent play for the Razorbacks this season, many expect him to make a premature exodus to the Draft by the end of the year.
The Tale of the Tape
Moody is averaging 16.4 points, 5.6 rebounds, and 1.9 assists per game this season, including an exceptional 45% field goal percentage. He has come up big in clutch situations this season and was the primary spark leading the Hogs to go on the run they did to beat Mississippi State this past Wednesday.
He has eclipsed 20 points seven times this season, with his season-high of 28 points coming against Vanderbilt on 10-16 shooting. His consistently high shooting percentage has also allowed the Razorbacks to rely on him to get a bucket when they need it the most. He has shot over 60% five times this season, with his season-high being 66.7% from the field against Texas-Arlington on 7-12 shooting in a 72-60 win.
While his play has Moody turning into a top 10 pick in 2021, there have been a few instances where he hasn’t shown up. Moody was nowhere to be found in a 5-point loss against Tennessee earlier this season, finishing the game with 6 points on 1-5 shooting, a season-low 12.5%.
Still, outside of that one game, there isn’t much that Moody has left to be desired. Once he gets hot, it’s hard to cool him down. He has a 7’0 wingspan despite standing at only 6’6 and has such a clean shot that you can see if it’s going down as soon as the ball leaves his hand.
Where Moody Falls on the Board
While his good friend Cade Cunningham has boosted his draft stock to potentially being the number one overall pick, Moody has all of the tools that NBA teams are looking for in a draft pick. He is a strong defensive player and has great length to play with just about anyone at the next level.
Bleacher Report currently has Moody being selected at 9th overall, which would likely have him going to the New York Knicks. He would be a definite boost to that squad, and with the recent success the Knicks have had, could put quite an efficient product on the court in Madison Square Garden.
NBADraft.Net has Moody being selected 7th overall by the Orlando Magic. The Magic have seen a bit of a downswing so far this season, currently sitting at 8-14. A guy like Moody would give them a solid infusion of youth, which, coupled with some free agency moves, could see the Disney-backed squad make a run.
Other Notable Pro Hogs
With Moody turning into a top 10 pick this season, Hog fans would add another face to watch in the NBA. Moody would join the likes Isaiah Joe of the 76ers, Mason Jones of the Rockets, Patrick Beverly of the Clippers, Bobby Portis of the Bucks, and Daniel Gafford of the Bulls.
While great on their respective teams, all of those players were never drafted nearly as high as Moody is projected to go. If the projections are any indicator of how successful a career a player will have, you can let your imagination run wild as to what Moses Moody will accomplish at the next level.
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