Basketball Most Valuable Player of the Year

The staff picks SMU basketball's Most Valuable Player of the Year!

Billy's Pick: Nic Moore

When Moore wasn't on the floor, SMU's offense was very different and struggled at times this year. Moore's only fault was getting into foul trouble at times, but when Moore was on his game, it was entertaining to watch. From drawing fouls that made the opponents cringe to Moore's game-winning shot against Cal, Moore did it all. Moore was second on the team in minutes and made the most of his time on the court, leading the team in points and rebounds. The most important part of his game was his ability to settle the team down and helped them finish off some of the big upsets this season. Moore was one of the clear-cut leaders of this team. As moves into a different role next season, his leadership will help fill the void left by Nick Russell and Shawn Williams graduating and I expect nothing less than the consistent production Moore gave SMU pretty much all season.

Omar's Pick: Nic Moore

To me, there was nobody more valuable to the Mustangs than sophomore point guard Nic Moore. Moore led the team by averaging 13.5 points, 4.8 assists, 2.3 rebounds, and 1.4 steals per game on 47 percent shooting from the field and 44 percent from three. He was the team's primary ball-handler all season and the Mustangs offense really struggled when he wasn't on the floor. SMU was shallow at point guard, with Ryan Manuel being the only real option off the bench, so Moore was a very valuable piece to the puzzle this season. Larry Brown demands a lot out of his point guards at every level, but Moore was able to handle the pressure and bring a lot to the Mustangs in his first year of eligibility. With two more years left to develop, and a chance to play next to five-star point guard Emmanuel Mudiay next season, I expect Moore to continue to improve and make a big impact at SMU in the future.

Adam's Pick: Nic Moore

One of the fun parts of this year's SMU team was that it was well-rounded and there was not a clear-cut best player. However, if anyone stood out it was Nic Moore. His scrappiness and fire were much needed on a team that often came out of the gate a little flat. On the offensive side, Moore led the team in both scoring and assists. Defensively, his steals were the catalyst for many Mustang fast breaks. In the NIT, he proved himself to be the type of player who could will a team on to a victory when he came out firing in the second half against LSU and again when he knocked down the game-winner against California. In every aspect, Moore was the Mustangs' most valuable player this season.

Scott's Pick: Nic Moore

You could argue that Markus Kennedy should be the team's most valuable player, but Moore is the one who made SMU's offense go. Moore, who led the team in points (13.6), assists (4.9), and 3-point field goal percentage (43.6), and was the most consistent player for the Mustangs all season long. The redshirt sophomore was regularly counted on to carry the offense when others were struggling. While Moore did not have as big of an impact on the defensive side of the ball, we can say with great certainty that without the under-sized point guard, the Mustangs would not have had the season they did.

Beionny's Pick: Nic Moore

Without question, Nic Moore was the team's most valuable player this year. Think about it, there simply wasn't anyone else that was irreplaceable. On the interior, when Markus Kennedy would go to the bench in foul trouble, Cannen Cunningham would come in hold down the paint. Same thing with Ben Moore for Shawn Williams. Sterling Brown and Keith Frazier were interchangeable for the most part and Nick Russell definitely added more value at his position than anyone behind him but at least Ryan Manuel could come in and play defense. Nic Moore was the only effective point guard on the team and some will argue that it isn't actually his natural position. Moore accounted for a majority of the team's scoring whether it was driving, shooting, finding the open man or handling the ball in transition. A prime example of this was the Louisville game at Moody that Moore played 20 minutes in. With him on the bench they didn't have a chance and it was clear. They struggled mightily with the press and turned the ball over excessively. Moore was the one supreme ball handler and visionary on the court and without him SMU doesn't win anything close to 27 games. Moody revival or not.


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