Moses Seeking A Makeover
By John Helsley
Remembering the impact role Marshall Moses had in OSU’s late-season run a year ago, it’s easy to wonder what has gone awry with the encore.
Moses came out of nowhere a year ago, filling a squishy soft interior with some grit and skills. He hasn’t vanished this season, but his presence — as in, “Will Marshall show up tonight” — seems in doubt too often.
Considered part of OSU’s core, Moses has scored seven points or less in five Big 12 games. And despite doing his work inside, although undersized, Moses’ field goal percentage of 49.7 is off the 53.6 he posted a year ago, a number expected to be a baseline to a better year.
Moses has been at the center of other issues, too, including a marijuana-related arrest and an on-court confrontation with teammate Matt Pilgrim that ESPN captured for the world to see in a Big Monday game with Texas.
It’s all been a frustrating experience for Moses, who talked about all that’s gone on and gone wrong during a chat Thursday.
On the dropoff in his game…
“My biggest thing is mentally, I’ve been going through a lot. Everybody knows, it’s no secret. Just dealing with adversity and still being able to focus on basketball, I’m on the bottom half right now but I’m on my way to the top. I’m working every day to get better at basketball, be a better person and clear my name for whoever thinks I’m a bad guy. It may not seem like a lot but it’s tough to deal with, especially when you are a college athlete and a student. It’s no excuse. When it’s time to play ball you have to play ball. I plan on picking my play up and doing whatever it takes to help my team win at this point.”
On dealing with the adversity…
“I’ve never been through it, period. I’ve seen guys go through it in my career here and I know guys other places. John Wall, at Kentucky, he went through it before he got to college. I just never knew what it would fele like. I’ve always seen guys go through it. But now I know what it feels like. The guys who make it through, I have a different kind of respect for them. It’s tough to make it through and I’m tough, so I know I’m going to make it through. I don’t like it. I don’t like it at all.”
On trying to isolate himself from negative perceptions…
“I hear people say things, I hear people treat me different. People who walked by and waved and couldn’t wait to see me now kind of turn their heads a little bit or kind of speak because it’s the right thing to do. That’s expected. I don’t even blame them. They don’t know me personally. All they know is what they see and what they hear. I can’t even knock them for that. It does bother me a little bit. I don’t isolate myself from it at all. I look it right in the face every day. I get up and face it every morning with no fear because I put myself in this position and I’ll get myself out of it. That’s just how I feel.”
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