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Moss excels on hardwood

By Khalifah Muhammed
On January 31, 2019

Prince Moss sets up the offense earlier this season at LSU. Raven LeDay/The Gramblinite

Exceling on the hardwood is anything but a new experience for Prince Moss.

 

Moss, a 20-year-old junior kinesiology major from Birmingham, Ala., is the youngest member of the Grambling State University men’s basketball team.

 

 “I have been playing basketball since the tender age of four years old,” Moss said. “My mother was the coach of my community league team.” 

 

Attending GSU was never apart of Moss’s plan, as he prepared to attend Iowa Central Community College upon graduation.

 

However, Moss received an intriguing call from Donte’ Jackson, GSU men’s head basketball coach. 

 

Jackson stated that he was becoming the new head coach at GSU and wanted Moss to be a part of that journey.

 

“I knew nothing of Grambling before Coach Jackson contacted me,” Moss said. “I trusted coach Jackson’s decision and committed to Grambling.” 

 

Moss has not regretted the decision.

 

“It’s like a big family here at Grambling,” Moss said. 

 

On the court, Moss is described as a high flier three-point shooter and defensive stopper caliber player by his peers.

 

“Being the youngest player on the team, he’s very mature,” Kyle Jones, GSU assistant head coach, said. “He comes in and puts in the work without being asked.”

 

Moss is a student of the game who patterns his style of play after NBA All-Star and Golden State Warrior Andre Iguodala.

 

“I study Iguodala’s habits on the court, as our roles are similar for our teams,” Moss said. “Defense comes first, you have to bring the energy on defensive side of the day and the offensive will come to you.” 

 

On the GSU campus, he is an extroverted person who feels no need to hide who he is.

 

“I feel like at an HBCU people express themselves more,” Moss said. “At GSU it really feels like home and everyone is somebody here. I truly believe being at Grambling encourages students to build positive relationships with others and teammates.”

 

 The six-foot-seven guard stands out across the GSU campus.

 

 “I try to be that positive person to everybody I interact with,” Moss said. “In the future I plan to continue playing basketball and always be around it. It’s just what I love doing.”

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