Malone Jr. Transfers to Texas Tech|
January 19, 1999
LUBBOCK, Texas - - One of the most heralded Texas high school basketball players in last year's senior class, Moses Malone, Jr. (Friendswood, Texas), has transferred to Texas Tech and will be eligible to participate following final exams next fall, head coach James Dickey announced today.
Malone, Jr., played in nine games as a true freshman at the University of Houston this past fall and started the Portland State contest before requesting, and receiving, his release on Dec. 31. He averaged 3.4 points per game at Houston with a career-high of 13 points in a 72-67 loss at California. The University of Houston has granted Malone, Jr. an unconditional release of his national letter of intent.
"We are obviously excited to have a player with the credentials of Moses Malone, Jr.," said Dickey. "He was an outstanding high school player and an All-American and I am confident that he will flourish in our system. He will give us good talent and depth in the backcourt next season with the return of Rayford (Young), James (Ware) and Jevon (Banks). W also signed an excellent player in Ronald Hobbs. We look forward to having them both here at Texas Tech."
Malone, Jr. was a two-time first-team all-state selection and was considered one of the top 50 players in the nation as a senior at Friendswood High School. He averaged 27.4 points, 9.8 rebounds and 3.2 assists during his high school career and was a two-time Nike All-American and was an honorable mention All-America selection by Parade magazine. He is the son of former National Basketball Association Most Valuable Player and All-Star with the Houston Rockets and Philadelphia 76ers, Moses Malone. Moses is one of two additions to next year's squad with the early signing of incoming freshman Ronald Hobbs of Everman.