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Mike Moser named the Mountain West Conference player of the week

The 6-foot-8 sophomore is leading the nation in rebounding with 14.3 boards per game, also scoring a UNLV-best 16.7 points per game

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UNLV forward Mike Moser collects a rebound against Nevada-Reno during their game Monday, Nov. 14, 2011 at the Thomas & Mack Center. UNLV won the game 71-67.

Mike Moser says rebounding comes easy.

Moser, the 6-foot-8 forward, has been virtually unstoppable on the glass during the UNLV basketball team’s initial four games of the season, averaging a nation-best 14.3 rebounds per contest.

The sophomore, however, has done more than grab rebounds. He leads the Rebels in scoring with 16.5 points per game and steals with 3.8 per contest, being rewarded Monday in being named the Mountain West Conference Player of the Week.

For the week, Moser shot 55 percent (22-of-40) from the field and 85 percent (6-of-7) from the free throw line, while averaging 16.7 points, 12.3 rebounds, 4.3 steals, 4.0 assists and 1.3 blocks per game in 27.7 minutes of action.

In Sunday’s game 92-55 victory against Morgan State, Moser was a force on both ends of the court in scoring 23 points and grabbing 17 rebounds. He also had five steals and six assists. Against Canisius earlyier in the week, Moser went 8-of-12 from the field for 19 points, adding five assists and three steals in a 95-70 victory.

Two weeks ago in his UNLV (4-0) debut, the UCLA transfer had 20 rebounds — the most for a UNLV player since 2005.

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  1. What an engine! He really fits into Coach Rice's scheme, as does the rest of the team. Each game the passing, shooting and defense gets better and better. While Mike is something special it is easy to see how the whole team contributes to the victories. It was just awesome to watch last night.

  2. The young man is special. His game is the most well-rounded of any Rebel I have seen in a long time. I know it has only been 4 games, but this is no fluke!

  3. I'm predicting that at the end of the year Moser is player of the year rather than Drew Gordon. The guy is a beast!

  4. So proud of Moser. I remember a few years ago Mike worked out with a trainer @ my gym here in Portland - before he signed with UCLA I kept telling the trainer that he should think about Vegas (not even sure we were recruiting him). He was a stud @ Grant HS. He's got a great motor and he's finding a niche that really helps this team - what a great pick up. This team has got some talent and more on the way. Go Rebs!