Sam Morris / Las Vegas Sun
Friday, April 5, 2013 | 10:35 a.m.
There’s a “good chance” UNLV junior forward Mike Moser will transfer to Washington for his final season of college eligibility, according to a source close to the team.
CBSSports.com reported Friday morning that Moser was “likely” heading to Washington for his final year after graduating this May. Like that report, the Sun’s source said it’s not a done deal but could be shortly.
After nearly putting his name into the NBA Draft after one season at UNLV, Moser returned for what everyone, including UNLV coach Dave Rice, referred to as his senior season. In the media guide he’s even pictured with seniors Quintrell Thomas, Anthony Marshall and Justin Hawkins.
That mentality changed a bit after his elbow injury on Dec. 9, although a return to the Rebels never seemed like the first option. A decision to put his name in the NBA Draft and take his chances in one-on-one workouts is still possible but unlikely, as another year of college could potentially vault him back into the mix of first-rounders.
If Moser ends up at Washington, he’ll have a familiar face in incoming freshman Nigel Williams-Goss, who Friday afternoon is playing for Findlay Prep in the NHSI semifinals on ESPN2. Williams-Goss and Moser are both from Portland, Ore.
This would be Moser's third school. He started his career at UCLA and then transferred to play for then-UNLV coach Lon Kruger. Under Rice, Moser had a breakout sophomore season, averaging 14 points and 10.5 rebounds while earning first-team all-Mountain West honors. He was also the league's Newcomer of the Year, made the all-defense team and earned honorable mention Associated Press all-America honors.
Last season, he missed seven games because of injuries and averaged 7.1 points and 6.1 rebounds. Moser can be immediately eligible anywhere else in the country as long as he takes a grad course not offered at UNLV.