OXON HILL – After scoring his 1,000th career point on Feb. 4, Oxon Hill standout guard Shawn Moss’ college options were still unsettled. However, on April 28, an official decision arrived. Receiving an athletic scholarship, Moss will take his talents to Augusta University in Georgia, becoming a part of the 2016-2017 men’s basketball roster. Although […]
OXON HILL – After scoring his 1,000th career point on Feb. 4, Oxon Hill standout guard Shawn Moss’ college options were still unsettled.
However, on April 28, an official decision arrived.
Receiving an athletic scholarship, Moss will take his talents to Augusta University in Georgia, becoming a part of the 2016-2017 men’s basketball roster. Although he made visits to a few other Division II schools (Davis & Elkins College and Alderson Broaddus University), an abrupt text from Augusta’s assistant coach Jamie Quarles jumpstarted the situation.
“Coach Jamie Quarles had texted me out of the blue and asked me to set up a visit after I visited two other D2 programs,” Moss said.
Moss officially committed to Augusta on April 28, only two days after visiting the campus. His trip down south couldn’t have gone any better.
“The visit went well,” Moss said. “I got to spend the day with the coaching staff, Coach [Quarles] invited me to dinner and I spent time with the team. I just felt at home since most of the players were from the DMV or places I’m comfortable with, so it wasn’t hard for me to get acclimated.
“What caught my eye first was how gorgeous the campus was. The people were so friendly and cool to get along with. It was such a diverse environment. I just loved the vibe of the team and how competitive all the practices and workouts were.”
Moss’ 22 points-per-game average helped get his team to an overall record of 12-8 for the 2015-2016 season, but the Clippers fell short in the third round of the playoffs to Huntingtown 67-51.
By February of this year, the recruitment process was “picking up” for Moss. Reluctant to share his program offers, Moss accomplished a milestone that only one other player in Oxon Hill’s history has done. Only Moss and 1998 All-Met Player of The Year, 2003 New York Knicks first-round selection Michael Sweetney have reached 1,000 points in the school’s history.
Moss’ accomplishments would not be possible without his willful commitment to improve on his passion.
“I learned to trust coaches, teammates and take in everything that those above you are telling you, because they are only trying to steer you in the right path,” Moss said. “Also learn who you can and can’t learn from. I took more faith and belief in God. Sometimes you just have to let him have his way and see what’s in store for you. You should never stop working hard to get in the gym everyday, learn weaknesses, strengths, and improve on them as much as you can. Never stop working on your craft.”
It will be a new journey for Moss as he travels down to Georgia during the first week of August to begin his college adventure. He’ll remain quite the student athlete, as he will be studying sports medicine. Graduating with a 3.25 grade-point-average, Moss’ classroom abilities will take flight along with his athleticism on the court.
“Skill-wise, I want to be an all-around guard who is going to do whatever it takes for his team to win. That includes scoring when I need to, getting others involved, and just running the team and being a leader,” Moss said.