Kids sometimes ask me what it takes to be Mid-Majority Baller Of The Week. "Eat your vegetables," I tell them. "And always listen to your parents." After they tell me to go "F" myself, I bemoan the general coarsening of the Great American Dialogue. Then I say that they might achieve their dreams if they develop a secret super-identity, like in that new computerized cartoon movie everyone loves so much.
The fifth weekly MMBOW award goes to 6-5 junior shooting guard David Moss
of the surprising Indiana State
Sycamores. Moss had an Incredible week. Against Valparaiso
on Thursday, he dub-dubbed, leading all scorers with 27 points and adding 14 rebounds for good measure. In Indiana State's win against Butler
on Saturday, he tallied 29 on 11-for-17 shooting. He also starred against Eastern Illinois
nine days ago (15 points on 4-for-8 shooting, six assists and five boards) - outside this particular MMBOW timeframe, but mentioned to further support the thesis that he can leap tall buildings and get more than a single 'bound.
Moss has an alter-ego called Moss-Man, whose superpower is putting the ball in the basket a lot. But he doesn't require a costume change to transform into Moss-Man. "I know I'm 'on' when I want the ball," he once told an interviewer
. "That means I'm on fire. Just get me the ball and I'm going to score. When people give me that little space, that little inch, I'm hitting and there is no doubt in my mind."
The Sycamores' problems last season (a death-spiral towards a 9-19 season) coincided with Moss' legal troubles. After an "incident" with his girlfriend this past February, she filed a battery charge against him - a charge that was dropped after Moss promised not to run afoul of the law for a year and stay out of trouble. I hope he also stays out of trouble after that year is up in February of Oh-five. Superheroes should be fighting
crime, not causing it, and the world needs more basketball players who stay out of trouble.
Moss is from the southern suburbs of Chicago. He played his high school ball for Thornwood, and was a teammate of incredibly high draft pick and current Chicago Bull Eddy Curry. The year after Curry graduated, he was named first-team all-state as a senior. He was recruited by Massachusetts
and Saint Louis
, but chose ISU because of the madd love they showed him. Three years later, he is Indiana State's driving force and number one superhero... and first-team Mid-Majority Baller Of The Week.