Arkansas guard Moses Moody was named the Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Week on Monday afternoon. Moody paced the Razorbacks, averaging 21 points and 8.5 rebounds in the team's wins over UT-Arlington and Lipscomb last week.
Moody led the team with 24 points and tied for the team lead with nine rebounds in Arkansas’ 72-60 victory over the UT-Arlington Mavericks last Wednesday. He became the first freshman to have at least 24 points and nine boards in a game since Bobby Portis did so in 2014.
The six-foot-six guard scored a team-high 18 points and pulled down eight rebounds in the Hogs’ dominant 86-50 victory over Lipscomb on Saturday. He was nearly perfect in the outing, shooting 7-8 from the field and 2-3 from 3-point range.
Prolific was the name of the game for Moody as he shot 14-20 (70%) from the field over the two wins. He was 4-6 from three and made 10 of 13 free throws. He also added four assists in the two contests.
“I’ve been putting in the work behind the scenes, so I’ve just got to trust the process, trust the work that I’ve put in and the outcome will be what it is,” Moody said after the Lipscomb game.
The rebounding production from Moody has helped an Arkansas team that struggled to find success on the boards last season. Over the past two games he has averaged 8.5 rebounds per game and he is grabbing 5.5 boards per game this season.
“He’s really just letting the game come to him, not really trying to force anything,” Razorback forward Justin Smith said after the Lipscomb game. “He’s playing really really well. He’s knocking down shots, he’s getting to the basket, he’s making his free throws. If he’s able to continue to do that he’s going to help us for sure.”
The Little Rock native is averaging a team-high 17.3 points per game this season and is the only Hog to score double-digits in each of the team's four games so far. He has started every game this season and is tied for the team lead with 109 minutes played.
Moody ranks No. 7 in the SEC in points per game this season and his 86.2% from the free throw line is good for fourth in the conference.
Though he played well last week, Moody started the season slow. Thus, his shooting percentage is sitting at 46.3% for the year. The quick turnaround and improvement in performance is not only a sign that Moody has been putting in extra work, but that coaching is having an effect on him.
“I continue to put in the work and I’m going to keep putting in the same work,” Moody said. “The outcome will be what it be, but, me personally, I just have to block that out and continue to work on it.”
After the first two games, Arkansas head coach Eric Mussleman said he talked to Moody about improving on finishing at the rim. The freshman responded quickly to his coach's suggestion.
“(Coaches) are there to help me. Everything they say is to help me and help me help the team win, so I’m definitely going to listen to anything (Musselman) or the coaches say,” Moody said.
Arkansas was scheduled to travel to Tulsa, Oklahoma, this Tuesday to take on the Golden Hurricane, but the game has been canceled due to COVID-19 issues. The Razorbacks have yet to schedule an opponent to fill in. The teams next matchup is scheduled for this Saturday in Fayetteville against the Central Arkansas Bears at 5 p.m.