Arkansas freshman shooting guard Moses Moody was selected by the Golden State Warriors as the 14th overall pick in the 2021 NBA Draft Thursday evening. He is the first one-and-done player in program history and the first Razorback to be selected in the top 15 picks since Ronnie Brewer Jr. was selected 14th overall by the Utah Jazz in 2006.
Moody, a native of Little Rock, took the Southeastern Conference by storm this season as a lethal shooter behind the arc. The former Montverde Academy Eagle was named the SEC Freshman of the Year, joining Joe Johnson and Patrick Beverly as the only Hogs to take home the honor.
“To watch his growth throughout the year he was with us, I think every Razorback fan should be proud,” Arkansas head coach Eric Musselman said.
The record-setting season for Moody was one that Hog fans will not forget. He started all 32 of his games in the red and white, was named SEC Freshman of the Week three times and was a consensus First Team All-SEC selection.
During the Hogs’ dazzling 2020-2021 season, Moody led the team in minutes per game, points per game, 3-point shooting percentage, free throws made, free throw shooting percentage and total points scored. He was tabbed as a First Team Freshman All American by the Basketball Times.
Throughout the season, Musselman praised him for his professional work ethic. It is safe to say that his hard work paid off.
“He’s way mature beyond his age,” Musselman said. “If you looked down at the practice facility and watched Moses shoot when no one else was around...he was not laughing, he was not joking. He was focused on the rim.”
Musselman made Moody one of his top priorities once arriving on campus in 2019. The former four-star athlete coming out of high school was the highest rated recruit for Arkansas since Bobby Portis in 2013.
Moody became the 13th Razorback to be selected in the first round of the NBA draft and the first Hog to be taken by the Warriors. He joins Steph Curry and Klay Thompson, among others, as an immediate threat from downtown.