Bloomington – Indiana's second try with Mike Moser doesn't appear headed toward a different outcome than the first.
Scout.com's 60th-ranked player in the 2009 class was one of three former Arizona commits who decommitted in the wake of Lute Olson's retirement. The 6-7, 185-pound forward from Portland, Ore., said the Indiana staff has called him since he re-opened his recruitment, but he said he's focused on a handful of Pac-10 schools.
"I talked to them once since I decommitted, but I don't think it's too serious at all," Moser said. "I've pretty much ruled them out."
Moser, who plans to wait until the spring, cited the impending NCAA ruling as a reason why he doesn't plan on re-considering Indiana as a college option. The Hoosiers had also shown interest in Moser during the summer months before he committed to Arizona.
Moser said he will mostly focus on a handful of Pac-10 schools as potential destinations. He listed UCLA, USC, Oregon, Oregon State and Washington as the schools he's eyeing closely, and admits that the fact UCLA, Washington and Oregon State were heavily involved with him during the spring and summer months will have an impact.
"Definitely, that helps them a lot," Moser said.
A long, versatile and extremely athletic guard/forward, Moser averaged 17 points and 14 rebounds as a junior, helping lead Portland's Grant H.S. to a 22-6 record and the Class 5A state title. He followed that up with a big AAU season, and he's climbed to No. 11 in Scout.com's rankings of the nation's small forwards.
Those skills and lofty rankings have now piqued the interest of some of college basketball's big names…twice. Having already been through the process once, Moser has a good feel for what he's looking for as he once again looks for a college destination.
"The three things I'm looking at are style of play, the ability to come in and make an impact early, and the relationship I can develop with the coaching staff before committing," Moser said.
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