Jagan Mosely's stock is rising this spring, and SMU joined in with an offer in late April. The Playaz Basketball Club (N.J.)/St. Anthony HS combo guard regularly hears from SMU assistant coach Jerry Hobbie, who told Mosely that Larry Brown is similar to his high school coach.
“I talked to coach (Jerry) Hobbie when he offered me. He talked about the comparisons between coach Hurley, my high school coach, and coach Brown. They're both godfathers of basketball.”
The 6-foot-3, 200-pound Mosely also said he likes college programs that focus on player development, and that's another area that Hobbie mentioned.
Mosely is known for his skills in the classroom as well as on the basketball court. His AAU coach, Jimmy Salmon, said the 4.0 GPA student with “Ivy League grades” will place a high priority on academics in his recruitment. SMU certainly fits the bill academically.
“I'm sure he's looking for a great academic situation and a high-level basketball program. That I'm sure of,” Salmon said.
Added Mosely: “It's a pretty big factor, because everyone knows the ball is going to stop bouncing, so you have to have the academics in hand.”
Mosely played in the Houston EYBL with a severe heel bruise, Salmon said. Salmon didn't Mosely would play at all. Not only did fight through the injury, but he led his team in minutes in a win over the Alabama Challenge and scored 17 points to go with six rebounds.
“That just defines me, my toughness and hard work,” Mosely said. “Just the will to win, I want to win more than anything. There's nothing about individual stats, just about winning.”
The individual stats are impressive too. Mosely played 30, 30 and 29 minutes in his final three games (all wins) in Houston, capping off the weekend with 21 points against Howard Pulley.
“He's a battler, he's been in our program for years,” Salmon said. “He's one of the guys who bleeds it for us.”
In addition to SMU, Mosely has offers from Pittsburgh, Northwestern, Georgia Tech, Rhode Island, Davidson, Rutgers, Harvard, Boston University, Princeton, Columbia, Brown, Pennsylvania, Fairfield and Niagara. He said Northwestern, Harvard and Boston University are recruiting him the hardest.
Mosely is averaging 13.6 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game this AAU season while shooting 52 percent from the floor and 79 percent from the free throw line.