One of the top grad transfers in the country is off the market, and he’s headed to Lubbock, Tex. South Dakota grad transfer Matt Mooney scored nearly 1,300 points in two seasons with the Coyotes, and committed Monday to spend his last season playing for Texas Tech.
— Matt Mooney (@MoonSwag13) May 14, 2018
Mooney was considered one of the top remaining grad transfers yet to commit after his scoring exploits at South Dakota. A 6-foot-3 shooting guard from Wauconda, Ill., Mooney spent his first season at Air Force before transferring to South Dakota, where he averaged more than 18 points per game in each of his last two seasons.
Mooney was a star in the Summit League, but never quite got out of the shadow of South Dakota State’s Mike Daum. Mooney announced his intent to transfer not long after Coyotes head coach Craig Smith left to coach Utah State, and immediately began receiving high-major interest.
Matt Mooney picks Texas Tech over three finalists
On April 26, Mooney cut his suitors down to a final three: Texas Tech, Northwestern and Creighton. Mooney will be immediately eligible for the Red Raiders, and could have a big opportunity to contribute.
Texas Tech lost both of its top guards from last season, with Keenan Evans graduating and Zhaire Smith declaring for the NBA Draft. Mooney looks poised to step into the starting lineup next to sophomore Jarrett Culver and feature heavily in the offense right away.
Chris Beard will need scorers like Mooney to fill the void if he wants to build on last season’s Elite Eight run. If Mooney’s track record is any indication, he will be a big help.