Larry Brown wasn’t going to lose for long; we all knew that. Coming off of a 15-17 season in his first year in charge of the SMU Mustangs, he has already led his team to eight victories and an impressive 8-2 record. Illinois State transfer, redshirt sophomore Nic Moore has been one of the main reasons why the Mustangs have gotten off to this start, and many of those who follow NBA prospects closely have Moore on their radar as a potential early-to-mid second-round selection in the 2014 Draft.
Let’s look at his numbers so far. Averaging 31.5 minutes per game, Moore averages 14.5 points on a very impressive 55.8 percent shooting. He is also shooting an incredible 60 percent from three-point range, hitting 30-of-50 attempts from behind the arc. To add, he also averages three rebounds, 4.5 assists, and 1.3 steals per game.
At the beginning of the season I predicted that top prospect Keith Frazier would see a ton of minutes and be the focal point of SMU’s offense. However, I looked right past Moore. Frazier hasn’t had to lead the team just yet, and Moore has given Larry Brown the ability to trust him in every way as evidenced by his 45-to-25 assist-to-turnover ratio.
I can’t wait to see how Moore evolves throughout the rest of the season and if he will continue to thrive when American Athletic Conference play begins after the New Year. SMU is certainly headed in the right direction thanks to Moore and the leadership and recruiting ability of Coach Brown.