South Dakota’s Matt Mooney may be the No. 1 grad transfer on the market. Mooney has been one of the better scorers in college basketball over the last two seasons. In 2017-18, he averaged 18.7 points per game for the Coyotes this season. Now, he is likely heading elsewhere.
Mooney received his release from the Coyotes last week. That doesn’t necessarily mean he will leave. Mooney has left the door open, while exploring other options. It does seem like the most likely scenario is a transfer.
South Dakota lost head coach Craig Smith to Utah State this off-season. He has been replaced by former Grand Canyon assistant Todd Lee.
Late last week, 247Sports’ Evan Daniels reported that a number of coaches were already set to visit Mooney. That group featured head and assistant coaches from Arizona State, Creighton, Indiana, Iowa State, TCU, and Texas Tech.
Other schools are inquiring about Matt Mooney as well.
Oregon’s Dana Altman was a surprise visit for Mooney. He also spoke to Northwestern’s Chris Collins via FaceTime, according to a 247Sports report.
Among the other schools that he has heard from: Ohio State and Memphis. He is also planning to meet Michigan head coach John Beilein, and says that he will gives the Wolverines “a serious look.”
With all of those programs involved, there is still plenty of work for Mooney to do. A few schools do stand out as ones he plans to visit, though:
“I haven’t set up any visits yet, but I’ve been texting and talking with coach [Greg] McDermott and coach [Chris] Beard and the assistant from Arizona State,” Mooney said. “I think I’ll visit those three. I think for sure I’ll visit Texas Tech. Probably Northwestern and Oregon.”
Mooney began his career at Air Force, before making the move up to South Dakota. There, he was a back-to-back All-Summit League selection.