Monday, April 14, 2008

Impressed with Mosley

I had a chance to watch Maryland recruit Sean Mosley play in the Capital Classic yesterday and was impressed with his performance. As a physical specimen Mosley is ready for the rigors of ACC play. He is a very solid 6-4, 215 pound shooting guard with good muscle tone. He will probably need to improve his stamina, as most high school players do when transitioning to college, but compared to most of the other players in the game he was far more physically mature.

Mosley finished the game with 16 points, 6 assists and 4 rebounds on 7/11 shooting. He was 2/4 from 3-point range and showed some nice touch in the midrange. He often differed to other teammates instead of dominating the ball as four other players on the US team took more attempts than the senior from Baltimore. He has the ability to dribble effectively in the open court and in the lane. Mosley also doesn't shy away from getting in the lane on both ends of the court and will be a factor in rebounding. Defensively he did a decent job of keeping the ball handler in front of him and moved his feet well to stay in position. There have been some questions about his defense but Mosley is far better than someone like Mike Jones already. After falling late in the game Mosley missed his remaining few shots and you have to assume that his wrapped wrist had something to do with that, but he should be fine. Mosley may not be flashy to most observers but he fills up the stat sheet. He knows how to score even if other recruits have a more deadly 3-point shot or play more above the rim than he does. He will be a workhorse for Maryland over the next four years.

I thought Mosley was one of the top two players in the game. Duke commit Olek Czyz (rhymes with fizz) won the game MVP with 23 points and 9 rebounds but wasn't really close to being the best player on the floor as some media members claimed. He has a great motor and plays a hard nosed style that Duke really needs in the paint but most of his points were in garbage time and off fast breaks. In the half court he wasn't nearly as effective. He probably was the fourth or fifth most talent player on the national squad. The other impressive ACC commit was Deividas Dulkys who is going to Florida State. Dulkys scored 18 points and grabbed 7 rebounds and showed a nicely polished floor game though he may struggle with the quicker players in the ACC. Wake Forest commit Ty Walker had an early scare with a knee injury and did not return.

I also thought that Washington State commit Klay Thompson was very impressive even if his stats were not dazzling. He could run the floor well and was a real playmaker. The combination of his height and ball handling skills is unusual. You'll be hearing more about Thompson in the coming years under Tony Bennett.

There has been much talk about Mosley supposed lack of athleticism but I think he has more than enough to hold his own in the ACC. He has just as much if not more athleticism as Duke's DeMarcus Nelson who was very effective, if not a star, during his career. Considering his total skill set I think he is a better prospect than Nelson was coming out of high school. I think Mosely is a legitimate All-ACC level talent at Maryland and should be an immediate contributor this fall. I don't think it is the most likely outcome but don't be shocked if Mosley finds his way into the starting lineup by the start of the ACC season. He is ready to compete at the college level immediately, unlike some of the recent Maryland recruits. With the exception of Greivis Vasquez I think Mosely stacks up well compared with the rest of Maryland's backcourt players. Mosely is going to have a more productive career at Maryland than most of the more heralded players in this class.

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