Bloomington - Versatility has been a buzz word for IU Coach Tom Crean in his recruiting efforts, and one of his most recent 2009 targets has it in bunches.
Mike Moser is a 6-7, 185-pounder from Portland (Ore.) Grant H.S. who first started hearing from the Hoosiers after the King James Classic in Akron earlier this spring. IU Assistant Coach Bennie Seltzer was on hand for the event and the Hoosiers have been keeping close tabs on the West Coast standout ever since.
What Seltzer saw was a rangy wing who can play just about every position on the floor. Those skills have helped Moser average 17 points and 14 rebounds as a junior while helping Grant H.S. to a 22-6 record and the Oregon Class 5A state title. Moser has followed that up with some big spring performances and a handful of AAU events to climb to No. 86 in Scout.com's most recent Class of 2009 rankings.
"(Indiana's coaches) say they definitely like my length and how I play defense and how I can shoot the ball well," said Moser. "They like how I can play the 1 thru the 4."
He said he's been used primarily as a shooting guard or small forward, but when called upon he is capable of bringing the ball up the floor or matching up inside the paint as well.
"I'm probably more of a 2/3, but I'm pretty versatile," Moser said. "Whatever is needed, I feel I'm comfortable at each position."
Indiana's interest hasn't resulted in a scholarship offer just yet, but it could in the not-too-distant future. Moser said he's scheduled to come to Indianapolis July 6-10 for the Hoosier Shootout in Indianapolis and hopes to make his way to Bloomington for an unofficial visit as well. The IU coaches are also trying to get him to participate in one of their elite camps later this summer as well.
Moser said he's trying to figure out if he can fit the Elite Camp into his schedule, but he appears to have significant interest finding out more about what the IU program has to offer.
"I'm just now getting to know (Tom Crean), and I can't wait to see what they put out this year so I can get a better feel for what they do from a visual standpoint," Moser said.
While Indiana has come on as of late and emerged as a factor in Moser's recruitment, it is one of many that have been showing interest. Moser said he has scholarship offers from Arizona, Oregon, Oregon State, Washington, Washington State and Marquette. Many of those schools are closer to his Portland home, but he said he's not set on staying close to home for college.
What's more important is what he sees on the floor as well as what he can get to know about the coaches in the coming months as he looks toward signing with someone in the fall.
"The most important things to me are going to be the style of play and the relationship I can get with the coaches before I get there," Moser said.
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