Mooney, a senior at Alamonte Springs (Fla.) Lake Brantley, controlled and dominated the paint on his way to 24 points, 26 rebounds, nine blocks and five assists in a win over Georgetown (Ky.) Scott County.
At 6-foot-8, Mooney is strong, tough and physical post player. Mooney played with energy, did a good job of fighting for position in the paint, contested shots and controlled the backboard.
Offensively, Mooney didn’t get many touches with his back to the basket, due to being double-teamed. Instead, Mooney faced the rim and connected on two of his three three-point attempts. He also scored off a pair of face up drives, two cuts to the basket and a number of put backs.
Mooney, a three-star prospect, said he plans to bring effort, rebounding, shooting and wins to Notre Dame.
“I try and bring as much energy as I can,” Mooney told Scout. “I’m a team first guy. I’m going to go in there and do whatever it takes to get wins. I can kind of stretch the floor a little bit and knock down a three if need be and bang inside. I’m going to get boards and help my team win.”
What does Mooney consider his biggest strength?
“Just my IQ and getting the ball in the right spots,” Mooney said. “Obviously I can stretch the floor, but I think my IQ is my biggest strength.”
Just prior to his sophomore season, Mooney made an early verbal pledge to Billy Donovan and Florida. When Donovan bolted for the Oklahoma City Thunder, Mooney opened up his recruitment and quickly committed to Mike Brey and Notre Dame.
“Why not Notre Dame,” Mooney said when asked about picking the Fighting Irish. “It’s one of the best academics schools in the country, first and foremost. Coach Brey has a great program going and I think I fit into their style and the teammates there are very cool. I fit in like a glove.”
Mooney is part of a 2016 recruiting class that also includes Temple Gibbs and Nicola Djogo.null