Player Profile: Yanick Moreira

Demetrio profiles SMU's senior big man Yanick Moreira, who blew up this summer on the FIBA circuit while playing for Angola.

Yanick Moreira Player Profile
Position: Center
Size: 6-11, 220 pounds
Year: Senior
Prep: Played forward at South Plains College in Levelland, Texas. He averaged 18.2 points, 9.8 boards, 2.3 blocks, and 1.2 steals as a sophomore.
Hometown: Luanda, Angola
Recruitment: Moreira was considered the No. 1 junior college prospect by JUCO Junction on Rivals.

2013-14 recap

Moreira played in 23 games, started in 14, and averaged six points and 3.9 rebounds in 14 minutes a game. He missed four weeks with a knee injury and his time off limited his effectiveness and slowed he development in Larry Brown’s system. Then the summer came around and Moreira played for the Angola national team in the 2014 FIBA World Cup. He averaged 17.8 points, 8.2 boards over five games. Moreira also shot 59.4 percent and added two double-doubles. In Angola’s win over Australia, Moreira tallied 38 points and 15 boards.

Grade: B+ (taking his FIBA play into account)

Outlook in 2014

The time spent with the Angola national team benefitted Moreira a great deal. He returns to SMU in 2014 in far better condition than a year ago- he looks like he is in the best shape of his life. He was a major offensive weapon for Angola and can do the same for SMU. One of the biggest holes in Moreira’s game last season was the absence of a mid-range shot. Early on, it looks as though Moreira spent a lot of time working on one and is growing more confident in it every day. It isn’t always the prettiest of shots, but when he gets into a rhythm he’s been knocking it down with consistency. Now, injuries slowed him down last season, so hopefully he can stay healthy in 2014. Coming to SMU Moreira had tremendous upside. And as the 2014 season approaches all signs point towards him realizing all that potential.

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