Moss shooting for pros, signs with international agent

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Moss dribbles past defender during his senior year, in which he contributed 14.2 points per game. He helped lead the Racers to get their 29th consecutive winning season.Nicole Ely/The News Moss dribbles past defender during his senior year, in which he contributed 14.2 points per game. He helped lead the Racers to get their 29th consecutive winning season.

Story by Mark McFarlandSports Editor

Freshman
29 games played
21.4 avg. min.
4.4 ppg
.403 3FG
.421 FG
Sophomore
34 games played
34.4 avg. min.
13.2 ppg
.397 3FG
.436 FG
Junior
35 games played
33.1 avg. min.
11.2 ppg
.423 3FG
.487 FG
Senior
31 games played
25.7 avg. min.
14.2 ppg
.415 3FG
.435 FG
Nicole Ely/The News Moss dribbles past defender during his senior year, in which he contributed 14.2 points per game. He helped lead the Racers to get their 29th consecutive winning season.

Nicole Ely/The News
Moss dribbles past defender during his senior year, in which he contributed 14.2 points per game. He helped lead the Racers to get their 29th consecutive winning season.

Jeffery Moss, senior from Madison, Alabama, has been dreaming of playing basketball professionally since he was in the tenth grade. He fell in love with it, knowing he was good at it and knowing he may have a future in the sport.

Moss signed Andras Nemeth, a sports agent, to try to play overseas for the agency Mansfield and Associates on April 12. Nemeth is a licensed International Basketball Federation (FIBA) agent. Mansfield and Associates is an international agency with offices all over Europe and the United States.

Nemeth has many players from the United States on his player list, including former point guard for University of Louisville and Georgia State Kevin Ware. Moss said picking an agent is just like picking a college.

“You have to talk to him, get a feel for him and that’s what I did,” Moss said. “When I talked to him on the phone I talked to him multiple times, and me and my dad, we both felt comfortable with him.”

Nemeth wrote in an email, “We are really excited to work with Jeffery. During his four successful years at MSU Jeffery Moss proved to be a gifted player, with a hard working attitude on and off the court.”

Moss said he remembers the first time he came to Murray State and saw a game in the CFSB Center. He said the atmosphere and the crowd really made him want to be a Racer.

“I didn’t really understand it until I came on a visit my senior year of high school,” Moss said. “Just seeing the atmosphere, honestly I couldn’t believe it, and a year later, I was out there. I fed off of it and I got better from it.”

During his time, Moss dominated offensively on the court. He made the third most 3-pointers in Racers history. One of the players in front of him on the list is Isaiah Cannaan. Moss said being third on the list all time is a huge accomplishment.

“Before I came to college, I couldn’t really shoot like that,” Moss said. “It just shows me how much hard work and dedication I put in and over the years it paid off.”

Moss played for coaches like Steve Prohm and current Head Coach Matt McMahon. After his stint at Murray State, Prohm was hired by Iowa State as the school’s new head coach. Prohm helped lead the Racers to the OVC Championship game in the 2014-15, while Moss was on the team. Moss said both coaches had an impact on him that helped shape him into the player he has become.

“I remember coming in as a freshman, Coach McMahon was always picking on me about the little things,” Moss said. “I didn’t really like it, because I always thought he was picking on me.”

Moss said he wants to give credit to all his teammates. He said they constantly pushed him to become a better player and a better person.

Moss played in a total of 129 games in his four years at Murray State, including starting his last three seasons.

He averaged 29.45 minutes per game. Moss continued to shoot the ball well all four years as a Racer as he shot more than 39 percent from the 3-point line in each of his seasons.

This May, Moss will graduate from Murray State. He said this is a big accomplishment in his life.

“Graduating college-it’s a huge step in my life,” Moss said.

Moss will continue to wait to see which team overseas will take him off the free agent list, but he wants to thank the Racer fans and his friends and family back home for showing him support.

“My very first game, even though it was just an exhibition game,” Moss said. “I ended up scoring 16 points. I know a lot of people back home saw that and everyone reached out to me and showed me support. I haven’t looked back since.”