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Why college coach confident Moody will fit in with Warriors

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Eric Musselman and Moses Moody

The Warriors are going to love Moses Moody, almost as much as he will love them.

So says his coach at the University of Arkansas, Eric Musselman, who spent three seasons as a head coach in the NBA, including two with the Warriors (2002-04).

“He’s going to fit in well with those guys,” Musselman told NBC Sports Bay Area by phone Thursday night. “He’s another long shooter, spaces the floor, understands his role, great teammate. Veterans will like him. 

“He’s also serious-minded, a really good guy, and I know that matters to the people at Golden State.”

Moody, who turned 19 in May, opted for the NBA draft after one season with the Razorbacks, during which he was named SEC Freshman of the Year. The Warriors selected the 6-foot-6, 205-pound wing with the second of their two lottery picks, No. 14 overall.

“We even considered him at 7 at one point in the process,” team president Bob Myers said. “... And we had him in twice. We had him in once where he did not work out against other players, and then in that workout that I think was publicized we brought him back and had him compete.

“Also had some people see him in college. And we interviewed him in Chicago. So, we actually got to see him three times and talk to him. And just his composure and his kind of readiness.”

Myers said some of the Golden State development staff thought Moody was a junior or senior, because “he's got kind of an old soul about him.”

 

Moody averaged a team-high 16.8 points and 5.8 rebounds over 32 games, shooting 42.7 percent from the field and 35.8 percent beyond the arc.

“He’s a great teammate, and he doesn’t force shots,” Musselman said. “He led us in scoring as a freshman and he didn’t take bad shots. ... Those guys are going to like playing with him.”

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Moody is accustomed to being around talent. He was part of a loaded high school squad – Cade Cunningham and Scottie Barnes were teammates – that went 25-0 at Montverde Academy in Florida.

The NBA is, of course, a different beast. But one with which Musselman is familiar.

“They’re picking one of the youngest players in the draft,” he said. “But he knows who he is and he knows he’s going to improve through time. He’ll need to continue to get stronger, continue to work on his ball-handling. But he is a worker. This guy works.”