The NBL1 Cobra Men have added some big time muscle to their front court, signing import Trey Moses for the 2020 season.
“I’m very excited about this opportunity.” Moses said about his move to Kilsyth.
“This is a country that I have always wanted a chance to play in and after talking with everyone, this is a club that I am very excited to be a part of. I’m looking forward to trying to bring a championship to the Cobras in 2020.”
A graduate of Ball State University, Moses enjoyed a stellar career both on and off the court with the Cardinals from 2015 to 2019. The bruising 6-9 forward/centre’s name is littered throughout the Ball State record books, with Moses finishing his four-year collegiate career as Ball State’s all-time games leader (132), while ranking second in blocks (139), fourth in rebounds (905), eighth in field goal percentage (53.1%), 12th in games started (94) and 13th in assists (284).
Moses led the Cardinals in blocked shots (1.3bpg), and placed second in rebounds (6.9rpg) and assists (2.7apg) in 2019, adding 8.4 points per game to round out a strong senior season on the court. But it was Moses’ impact away from the hardwood that was truly impressive, with the Kentucky native spending his downtime working with special needs groups and the Riley Relations Committee, where he worked with families of sick children.
That was just the tip of the iceberg for Moses’ off-court impact, though. After tragically losing his best friend and collegiate teammate, Zach Hollywood, Moses spent his final two seasons at Ball State increasing awareness for mental health issues. Moses’ incredible knack for helping others made him a worthy recipient of the 2020 NCAA Inspiration Award; an award “reserved for people who used perseverance, dedication and determination to overcome a life-altering situation, and most importantly, are role models giving hope and inspiration to others.”
Moses’ upstanding character – coupled with his imposing low post game – made him an ideal candidate to fill Cobras head coach Pete Godfrey’s front court, with Godfrey centring his roster around high-character, team-first players.
“With imports, on-court performance is key of course, however at Kilsyth off-court impact is also a major factor,” Godfrey said.
“Trey to his credit is a recent recipient of the NCAA Inspiration Award, and he is really looking forward to getting to Kilsyth and working with the young Cobras and the broader community.”
With the two NBL1 grand finalists – Bendigo and Nunawading – led by dominant big men, Godfrey is confident that Moses’ length, IQ and impressive passing ability – his 284 assists rank second all-time at Ball State for non-point guards – will fit the Cobras system seamlessly, and form the beginnings of a tough Kilsyth front court.
“He is long, a competitor, and has a high basketball IQ,” Godfrey said of Moses.
“We are expecting Trey’s shot blocking and rebounding prowess to translate well to the NBL1 level, and his passing ability will fit neatly into our system. He is a young guy and 2020 with us will be just his second pro stint, so I am really looking forward to working with him and watching him grow with our group, too.”
Moses has just completed stint in theBulgarian NBL with BC Beroe Stara Zagora, and will join the Cobras prior to their regular season home opener – a showdown with the rival Knox Raiders on Saturday April 18.
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