September 14, 2010

CMU in top two for Romulus (MI) forward Justin Moss

The Central Michigan basketball program has been looking to add a big name forward to the 2011 class for months now, and one name that keeps popping up is Romulus (MI) forward Justin Moss.

Moss is undersized at 6-foot-6, but more than makes up for any height issues with his bulk (240 pounds), physicality and hustle. Last season he was an integral part in Romulus's 22-2 season, including hitting a game winning basket against Detroit Country Day. In that game, Moss scored 10 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, but it was his defense on Country Day center Amir Williams (6-foot-11) that may have been the most impressive.

"What Romulus lacks in size, they've got a big body in Justin Moss," Country Day head coach Kurt Keener told "He kept that body on Amir all night long and they did a great job with their back-side rotation. There were very few times where Amir was able to catch the ball with just one man on him."

While that was a marquee win for Romulus, their bid for a state championship would end in the district finals with a 78-74 overtime loss to Saginaw.

"I thought we had a good season, everyone played well, we just didn't finish in districts," added Moss. "But I think we're going to be a lot better this year, it's all about winning and we can learn from last year. And, we have something like seven seniors, so everyone wants to win."

While his senior season of hoops is still quite a ways off, Moss's first priority is to get healthy.

"My offseason has been going good, I've been injured a bit, so I've just been trying to get healthy. It's nothing serious, just precautionary, and I should be back by October full strenght."

On the recruiting front, Moss currently holds offers from Central Michigan, Western Michigan, Toledo, Bowling Green and Southern Illinois, with Duquense close to offering.

"CMU and Toledo are recruiting me the hardest," said Moss. "I like both of those schools, and I would say they are my leaders right now."

As for the Chippewas, it helps that Moss was able to drop by Mount Pleasant recently and see what the CMU program had to offer on an unofficial visit.

"Yeah, it was just an unofficial visit, but my cousin goes to Saginaw Valley State, so I jut kind of dropped by on my way back," added Moss. "It was cool, they gave me a tour and everything. It's a nice school, a lot nicer then I thought, and they have some nice new facilities coming in."

On his visit to CMU, Moss was also able to spend some time with Chippewas head coach Ernie Zeigler.

"Coach Zeigler, he's a real cool person and down to earth. I can really see where he's coming from when he talks to me."

While his visit to Central Michigan went well, it could be awhile before Moss makes any sort of decision on where he will be playing college ball.

"I'll probably let it play out a bit," said Moss on his timetable. "I don't think I will decide until the end of my season, probably sometime in April."

It may take some time for Moss to reach a decision, but he is a player worth waiting for and he would make an excellent addition to the Chippewas program at anytime.

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