Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Top 20 Departing #11: Christian Moon

I am counting down the top 20 players that are departing the Big Sky via graduation, transfer, or any other way.

Christian Moon's numbers don't pop out at you, and he wasn't a guy that could be the focal point of the offense for Montana State. But, he was a great role player that turned a solid junior year into an excellent senior campaign.

Last year, Moon averaged 13.9 points while grabbing three rebounds per game. While his best skill was his outside shooting (he shot 41% from three), he really turned himself into an all-around offensive player. He shot 58% on twos, compared to 52% as a junior. He also showed an increase ability to get to the free throw line - as a junior he shot 1.8 per game, but last year that number over doubled to 3.8 per game. When he got there, he shot 80%.

Added all up, and he was one of the more efficient offensive players in the conference. His ORtg of 124.6 was good for 24th in the country and 2nd in the conference (though he didn't use quite the same amount of possessions as many of the offensive centerpieces did).

While he didn't provide a ton of rebounding or passing, he took care of the ball (11.1 TO Rate) and made great use of his shots, with a 63.8% TS%.  He will be tough for the Bobcats to replace because defenses always had to account for him. Christian Moon finished with a nice two year career for Montana State.

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