UNLV’s basketball team got some good news Sunday when it was announced that star forward Mike Moser would return for his junior season.
Moser, who led the team in both scoring (14.0 ppg) and rebounding (10.5 rpg), had considered entering the NBA Draft following a season that saw him garner first team all-Mountain West honors as well as being named the league’s Newcomer of the Year.
“I went through the process, talked with my mom, my AAU coach, and Coach (Dave) Rice and the staff at UNLV,” Moser said in a school-released statement. “We looked at all of my options, and in the end I decided it would be best for me to stay in school. We have a great team coming back and a great fan base. I believe in our program and I love playing in Las Vegas and for UNLV.
“Two big factors were also for my mom to see me graduate and to have a chance to win a national championship. I know I can improve and am looking forward to putting in the necessary hard work.”
In his first season at UNLV after transferring in from UCLA, the 6-foot-8 Moser had 15 double-doubles and also led the Mountain West in steals (1.9 per game). Unofficially, he also had the largest poster in college basketball, affectionately known as “Mozilla” that was featured prominently in the Rebellion student section.
“We are excited that Mike will be returning to UNLV for the coming season,” Rice said. “His success put him in position to have to make a difficult decision. … He was a big part of helping us win 26 games and being ranked the last 13 weeks.”