Matt Mooney

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Matthew Mooney
Matt Mooney (cropped).jpg
Mooney in December 2018
No. 13 – Texas Tech Red Raiders
PositionShooting guard/small forward
LeagueBig 12 Conference
Personal information
Born (1997-02-07) February 7, 1997 (age 22)
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Listed weight199 lb (90 kg)
Career information
High schoolNotre Dame College Prep
(Niles, Illinois)
College
Career highlights and awards
  • Second-team All-Big 12 (2019)
  • Big 12 All-Defensive Team (2019)
  • Big 12 All-Newcomer Team (2019)
  • 2× First-team All-Summit League (2017, 2018)
  • Summit League Transfer of the Year (2017)
  • Summit League All-Newcomer Team (2017)

Matthew Mooney (born February 7, 1997) is an American college basketball player for the Texas Tech Red Raiders of the Big 12 Conference. He transferred from South Dakota and Air Force.

Early life and high school career[edit]

Mooney has a younger brother Joe who is also a basketball player.[1] He attended Notre Dame College Prep and commuted two hours from Wauconda, Illinois to play under coach Tom Les.[2] Mooney was lightly recruited. He had two college offers coming out of high school and signed with Air Force.[1]

College career[edit]

Mooney averaged 6.9 points per game as a freshman at Air Force. However, he had trouble getting adjusted to the strictness of the military culture and complained of bullying. After the season, he opted to transfer.[1]

After sitting out a season, Mooney averaged 18.6 points per game as a sophomore for South Dakota, leading the team to a regular season championship. He was named to the First–team All-Summit League and newcomer of the year.[3] As a junior, Mooney averaged 18.7 points, 4.1 rebounds and 3.1 assists. He was named to the First–team All-Summit League again. He had 31 points in a loss to TCU and 30 points in a loss to South Dakota State in the Summit League championship. Following the season, Mooney opted to transfer as a graduate student, selecting Texas Tech over offers from Northwestern and Creighton.[4]

Texas Tech was coming off a season in which the team reached the Elite Eight but lost some important pieces. Mooney averaged 11 points per game and shot 38 percent from behind the arc. He partnered with Jarrett Culver to help the team reach its first-ever Final Four.[5] Mooney scored 17 points in an upset of Gonzaga in the Elite Eight.[2] In Texas Tech's first Final Four appearance on April 6, 2019, Mooney scored 22 points in Texas Tech's 61-51 defeat of Michigan State to advance to the 2019 NCAA Men's Basketball Championship game.[6] Texas Tech would lose the championship game to Virginia 85-77 in overtime. Mooney was then named to the 2019 All-Tournament Team.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Van Dril, Eric (April 21, 2015). "Matt Mooney alleges bullying at Air Force Academy, plans to transfer". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved April 4, 2019.
  2. ^ a b Mawicke, Megan (April 3, 2019). "Wauconda Native And Texas Tech's Matt Mooney Takes Long, Winding Road to Final Four". CBS. Retrieved April 4, 2019.
  3. ^ Garry, Mick (April 16, 2018). "It's official: Matt Mooney leaving South Dakota". Argus Leader. Retrieved April 4, 2019.
  4. ^ Borzello, Jeff (May 14, 2018). "South Dakota grad transfer Matt Mooney commits to Texas Tech". ESPN. Retrieved April 4, 2019.
  5. ^ Hawkins, Stephen (April 2, 2019). "Wauconda's Matt Mooney took a winding path to Texas Tech and the Final Four". Chicago Tribune. Associated Press. Retrieved April 4, 2019.
  6. ^ "Texas Tech vs. Michigan State - Box Score - April 6, 2019 - ESPN". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2019-04-07.

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