Looking at the Jayhawks 2019-20 recruiting class
One of the most accurate three-point shooters in the Big Ten Conference will play his final season of college basketball at Kansas.
Isaiah Moss, a 6-foot-5, 210-pound graduate transfer combo guard from the University of Iowa who hit 42.1% of his threes last season, the fourth-best mark in the league, on Monday committed to KU.
“I think my shooting ability is one of my best (attributes),” Moss, a three-year starter at Iowa, said Monday in a phone conversation from his hometown of Chicago.
“I am a good perimeter defender. I can slash and get to the lane,” added Moss, who averaged 9.2 points (on 39.9% shooting), 2.9 rebounds and 1.8 assists a game in 2018-19.
Moss — he will be immediately eligible in 2019-20 at KU — decommitted from Arkansas on June 7. He had orally committed to the Razorbacks on May 15. He said he informed KU coach Bill Self of his decision on Monday morning.
“We’ve obviously been looking for shooting throughout this recruiting period and we feel like we have addressed some of those needs with Isaiah’s addition,” Self said in announcing Moss’ signing. “When Isaiah is on the court, he’s going to be a guy that could be a 40-45% three-point shooter, and with the line moving back, I think it’s going to be even more important to have somebody who’s consistently good from beyond the arc.”
In addition to KU, Moss also heard from coaches at Oregon, Arizona State, Minnesota, Illinois, Iowa State, Cincinnati, Louisville and others. He gives KU 11 scholarship players for 2019-20 with two spots to give.
“First and foremost I would like to thank my family, teammates and coaches for their continued guidance and support,” Moss wrote on Twitter. “After evaluating all my options, I have decided to commit to the University of Kansas! #RCJH.”
The Chicago Simeon High graduate was 48 of 114 from three at Iowa last season. He had 62 assists against 49 turnovers. He hit 79.1% of his free throws.
Moss, who had 32 steals, second-best mark on the team, started all 35 games in 2018-19 and logged 24.1 minutes per contest.
“It’s a lot of repetition. Getting up shots every day. I make sure I shoot a minimum of 500 a day, seven days a week,” Moss said of the secret to accurate shooting. “It’s a matter of being confident and seeing the ball go in the hole.”
He said Self told him he not only likes his shooting but, “my all-around game. He knows I can shoot pretty well. He wants me to play defense. Everything he tells me to do I’ll do to the best of my ability. I’m not worried about minutes. I am just going to work hard,” Moss stated.
On May 2, Moss announced plans to leave Iowa.
He tested the NBA Draft waters after averaging 11 points a game his sophomore season. He did not enter the draft this offseason.
Moss, in his final game at Iowa, finished with 16 points on 6-of-12 shooting (3 of 5 from three) with five rebounds and two steals in the Hawkeyes’ 83-77 overtime loss to Tennessee in the NCAA Tournament second round.
He scored 15 points or more eight times last season and hit four or more three-pointers five times.
Moss had 12 points, 10 rebounds and five assists in a home win over Nebraska. Also, he had 12 points and 10 rebounds against Maryland. He scored 18 first-half points en route to 20 points with four three-pointers made in win over Iowa State. He made 5 of 6 three-pointers, netting 21 points, while tying a career-high six assists with zero turnovers versus Illinois. He scored a season-best 23 points on a career-best six three-point field goals at Minnesota.
His junior year, Moss scored a career-high 32 points — an unheard-of 19 points in the final 96 seconds — at Minnesota.
“I’m really excited to come to KU,” Moss said. He will arrive in August after completing an internship in Chicago. “I’ve already seen so much love. Thirty minutes ago (after posting his decision on Twitter), people were congratulating me, showing me a lot of love.”
He is good friends with KU sophomore Devon Dotson, who was born in Chicago and moved to North Carolina in eighth grade.
“His brother was my best friend,” Moss said of Dotson. “I’d always see (the) little brother (Devon) working out, playing games. I’m close to their whole family.”
Devon Dotson said he’s elated to have Moss join the Jayhawks.
“He played on the same AAU team as my brother. He was one of my brother’s best friends growing up. He’s a great guy, can shoot it very well. This is a great pickup for us for perimeter shooting. I’m excited to have him here. It should be fun.”
“The biggest skill that Moss brings to the table is the ability to create his own offense. When you look at the Hawkeye offense, there aren’t many guys who can take defenders off the dribble. There was a reason that when the shot clock ran down that the Hawkeyes would look for Moss, so he could get off a shot. The 6-foot-5 guard out of Chicago has a smooth game. He looks comfortable on the court and everything is fluid.
“The other thing about Moss’ offensive game is his ability to score in transition. He was without a doubt Iowa’s best scorer on the fast break. He has soft hands and never panics on the break. It’s where he is most comfortable at and he’s capable of finishing with either hand. He can also break down defenders on the dribble and get to the rim.”