With losses mounting and NCAA tournament questions rising, UCLA's Jerome Moiso considered packing up, heading home and leaving his college career behind. Things are much sweeter for Moiso and the Bruins now -- sweeter as in Sweet 16.
A 6-foot-10 forward/center, Moiso combines size and agility as the Bruins' second-leading scorer (12.9) and leading rebounder (7.6) who shoots 50.5 percent from the floor.
The sophomore took his team's early losses personally, compounding the problems he faced by being more than 5,000 miles away from his native Guadeloupe in the West Indies. Few around him understood the language and cultural barriers he faced, but when his team needed a lift, Moiso delivered.
With the Bruins 13-11 in late February, Moiso helped UCLA to six straight wins to end the regular season. The Bruins have now won eight straight with wins over Ball State and Maryland in the NCAAs, and Moiso is averaging 11.8 points and 7.5 rebounds while shooting 52.7 percent in those games.