Moses Moody shined for the Arkansas Razorbacks during the 2020-21 NCAA season and is gearing up to be a first round selection in the upcoming draft. The two-way guard accomplished a lot in his one and only season at Arkansas. He was named First Team All-SEC and given Freshman of the Year honors by the coaches. Let’s take a look at the skill set of the Arkansas product.
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Name: Moses Moody
Weight: 205 lbs
Prototype: Three-and-D Guard
One of Moody’s best traits is his defense and it raises his floor tremendously. Although he has struggled at times on the offensive end of the floor, he can always fall back on his defense. With a 7’1” wingspan, Moody can make outstanding plays. He does a great job of sliding his feet and using his length to keep the offense uncomfortable and catch the offense sleeping and picking up steals. He is also great at playing defense off the ball and understands positioning well. Moody averaged 1.0 steals and 0.7 blocks per game in his one season at Arkansas.
Perimeter Shooting (12.75/15)
Another area Moody is successful is when shooting from the perimeter. He has good mechanics when taking shots from outside and has a quick release. Moody attempts most of his threes in catch-and-shoot scenarios. He made some off the dribble and showed potential in that area, but his strength as a shooter is not when shooting on the move. Moody shot 35.8 percent from behind the arc, making him a slightly above-average shooter if he hit that percentage in the NBA.
Finishing at the basket is not an area that Moody was successful in for the Razorbacks. When attempting to drive to the rim, he would sometimes get stripped or lose control and turn the ball over. However, he showed potential in this area as he was able to score with finger rolls and other moves around the basket.
Moody generally did not make many mistakes when passing the ball but he should not be considered a facilitator of an offense, either. He is a player that thrives without the ball in his hands, but when he was given the ball and attempted to create for others he was not terrible. Moody will never have a primary playmaking role, but when he needs to pass the ball, he can.
Moody possesses a very interesting build. He is a strong player with a long wingspan. Moody utilizes his length well on the defensive end in order to block shots and play great defense on- and off-the-ball. He is not an athletic freak when it comes to jumping and running, but his frame and length are elite.
Ball Handling (1/10)
Moody is not going to be the primary ball-handler in an NBA offense and was not asked to at Arkansas. He often keeps his head down when driving and therefore struggles to create for his teammates.
Moody is a great rebounder for a guard. He is great at anticipating where the ball will end up and uses his 7’1” wingspan and strength to grab rebounds. Moody averaged 5.8 rebounds per game at Arkansas.
Moody played in all 32 of Arkansas’ games during the 2020-21 season.
Bonus: Potential (+3/5)
Moody does not have a high ceiling like some others in the 2021 draft class due to a lack of versatility on offense. However, his floor is high and if he can develop his offense he could be even better, but it is unlikely he becomes an all-star in the NBA.
Moody is a tremendous defender that can knock down the three and pick up rebounds. He is the definition of a ‘three and d’ player. Moody has limited upside due to his lack of versatility on offense but his skill set is one that almost any NBA team could use. It is unlikely that he becomes a superstar, but his NBA career will likely be lengthy due to his defensive ability.
Final Grade (77/100): Lottery Pick
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