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SMU Basketball Player Profile: Point Guard Nic Moore

Billy starts off Pony Stampede's hoops player profile series by profiling AAC Player of the Year and point guard Nic Moore.

Nic Moore Player Profile 
Position: Point Guard 
Size: 5-9, 170 pounds 
Year: Redshirt Senior 
High School: Warsaw Community HS (Ind.) Averaged 27.2 points, 4.7 assists and 3.5 rebounds per game his senior season and was the runner-up for 2011 Indiana Mr. Basketball. 
Hometown: Winona Lake, Ind. 
Recruitment: Moore, a three –star recruit, chose Illinois State over Akron, Western Illinois, IPFW, Evansville, Ohio, St. Bonaventure and Valparaiso. After one year with Illinois State, he transferred to SMU, but was forced to sit out the 2012-13 season due to NCAA transfer rules.

2014-15 Recap

Moore had an outstanding year as he led SMU to the American Athletic Conference regular season and postseason championships. The junior averaged 14.5 points and 5.1 assists a game last year as he was named the AAC Player of the Year. As the only true point guard on the roster, Moore averaged a team high 34.7 minutes per game. The offense ran through Moore and with Markus Kennedy sitting out the first half of the season, even more was put on Moore's shoulders. In SMU's losses this past year, Moore struggled from the field and SMU took the loss. When Moore was on though, it was incredible to watch. 

Most importantly, Moore managed to stay out of foul trouble, something he struggled with during his first campaign as SMU's starting point guard. That allowed Moore to take more control of the game and learn how to run a team. The reason SMU made the tournament this year was the team having Moore in every game when they needed him the most. Even in the losses (outside of Indiana), Moore was available and not having to sit on the bench. In SMU's AAC tournament run, Moore didn't shoot well in the final two games, making just 2 of 11 three-point attempts. In the NCAA tournament loss to UCLA, Moore responded with 24 points and carried the team much of the time. While he missed two potential buzzer beaters at the end, SMU's loss wasn't on Moore. 

It was a great season to watch Moore develop and while he's not a perfect product, with another year in Larry Brown's system, I'd expect Moore to make another run at the AAC Player of the Year.

Grade: A

2015-16 Outlook

The American Athletic Conference champions were led by the AAC Player of the Year in Nic Moore. Can't get much better than that for Moore, right? Well, it certainly won't with SMU's postseason ban. SMU won't be allowed to compete in the AAC postseason tournament and the NCAA tournament, but the team can battle for an AAC regular season title.  Moore can also defend his AAC Player of the Year trophy. With another year of experience under Brown's tutelage, there's no reason to not pick Moore as the POY again.

Moore needs to work on consistency. Sometimes last year, Moore's jumpshot would disappear, but is there anyone in the AAC you'd want with the ball in crunch time other than Moore? No. He wants the ball in tough situations and that's been the biggest area of growth in his game. Moore's next step is leading this team through the tough reality that there won't be a tournament run to end his great SMU career on. It's unfortunate, but this will be Moore's toughest task since arriving at SMU. SMU needs its point guard to be their best leader in the worst way right now. I expect Moore to respond with a great season and another AAC POY trophy.

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