Future Terp Mosley Taking it to a New Level

There was never any secret that St. Frances Academy guard Sean Mosley was a big-time player. But in the first half of his senior year, the highly anticipated Terps recruit has taken his game to a new level.

Mosley, a 6-foot-4 wing guard who signed with Maryland in November, is averaging 25 points, nearly eight rebounds and roughly four assists per game. On Wednesday night against a talented John Carroll team, Mosley made 12 of 14 field goals, eight of 10 free throws and scored 34 points as St Frances improved to 11-4, 4-0 in Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association play.

Mosley attributes his red-hot first half to the work he put in on his jumpshot and offensive repertoire during the off-season.

"The key is probably that I'm taking the shots the defense gives me instead of trying to force my way into the paint," he said. "Now everybody has to play me equal … During the summer that's all I did, shoot threes and work on my one-dribble, two-dribble drives and pull-ups."

Mosley is also being mentored by St. Frances assistant coach Mark Karcher, a Baltimore legend who nearly became a Terp before going on to star at Temple. Frances is a former SFA star with whom Mosley has drawn comparisons for his body build and scoring ability.

"It takes a lot of pressure off of me, working with Mark and listening o what he has to say," Mosley said. "I think people compare us because of our basketball IQ and a lot of people compare our strength."

Mosley has paid close attention to the Terps struggles, attending several games in person and watching others on TV. Despite the Terps poor start, he's never questioned his decision.

"Nah, not at all. Gary Williams is a great coach. But he can't play the game fir the players; the players have just gotta leave everything out on the court … They're struggling offensively but as the season goes along they'll come together."

Mosley, who is generally regarded as a top-40 prospect nationally, is hoping to earn McDonald's All-American honors for his play this year.

"That's my goal. If I make it, I make it, but the most important thing is we keep winning. That's all that matters."

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