South Dakota star Matt Mooney is weighing his options for his senior season. He hasn’t committed to a transfer, but he received his release from the Coyotes.
Mooney is a back-to-back All-Summit League performer. The guard has averaged over 18 points per game in each of the last two seasons.
If he does elect to leave South Dakota, he’ll be one of the biggest graduate transfers available. A number of coaches are already trying to get involved, in the event that he leaves USD.
Mooney, an Illinois native, has seven schools planning to visit him between today and Sunday. Most are power conference teams.
Today, Arizona State and Iowa State will be in. Over the weekend, he is set to host coaches from Creighton, Indiana, Memphis, Northwestern, and Texas Tech.
247Sports college hoops insider Evan Daniels has the scoop on Matt Mooney’s new recruitment:
South Dakota graduate transfer Matt Mooney (18.7 PPG) will host Bobby Hurley & an assistant from Iowa State today.
Creighton & possibly Memphis will be in tomorrow. Indiana, Texas Tech & Northwestern are expected in on Sunday.
— Evan Daniels (@EvanDaniels) April 6, 2018
Mooney began his career at Air Force. As a freshman, he averaged 6.9 points in just over 19 minutes per night for the Falcons.
He left the school after alleging that he and other freshmen at the academy were bullied. He wound up making the move to South Dakota, and played extensively after his year out as a transfer.
This season, Matt Mooney averaged 18.7 points per game. He shot 44.2-percent from the field and 35.2-percent from three. Mooney is also a very strong free throw line, hitting 82.9-percent from the stripe. He’d be a strong plug-and-play asset for a number of teams with a need at guard, but there’s also obviously a chance that he’s most comfortable sticking with South Dakota. We should find out in the coming weeks.