Matt Mooney is one of the elite graduate transfers in the country. He has averaged over 18 points per game for the South Dakota Coyotes over the last two seasons, making first-team All-Summit League both years. With head coach Craig Smith leaving the school for Utah State this off-season, it appears that Mooney will do the same. The Matt Mooney transfer list is down to five programs.
Smith’s new program is among them. Utah State has not exactly been a name program over the last few seasons, hence the coaching change. The Aggies did make three straight NCAA Tournaments from 2009-11. The Mountain West is also a solid step up in competition.
The other four schools involved are much bigger programs. All reside in either a Power Five league or the Big East.
Arizona State, Creighton, Northwestern, and Texas Tech area also all in contention to land Mooney. All have been NCAA Tournament teams in the last two years, with Northwestern the only one to miss the Big Dance in 2018.
ESPN’s Jeff Borzello broke news of the update Matt Mooney transfer schools list.
South Dakota grad transfer Matt Mooney is down to Creighton, Northwestern, Texas Tech, Utah State and Arizona State, he tells ESPN.
One of the best available grad transfers. 18.7 PPG this past season. @MoonSwag13
— Jeff Borzello (@jeffborzello) April 17, 2018
Utah State would be a return to the conference in which Mooney began his collegiate hoops career. He was first at Air Force, where he averaged 6.9 points per game as a freshman.
Mooney left the academy, raising allegations of bullying against first year students. After a year redshirting as a transfer, he emerged as a star redshirt sophomore for South Dakota in 2016-17.
Northwestern is the most local program to Mooney’s home of Wauconda, Illinois. It is under an hour to Northwestern’s campus in Evanston.
The other three programs are probably the best situated from a basketball perspective. Texas Tech was a three-seed in the NCAA Tournament last month, while Arizona State and Creighton both made the fields as well, falling in the First Four and First Round, respectively.
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. Now that he’s officially leaving South Dakota, after he left the door open to a return at first, one of these programs will be getting a big-time scorer. We should know his new basketball home soon enough.