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At week's end Moser was the nation's leading rebounder, averaging 12.5 per game to go with a team-high scoring average of 16.9. One NBA scout who attended the game against North Carolina said that Moser had worked his way into the "first-round discussion."
"He has great timing, awareness and instincts, but the main reason he is a fabulous rebounder is he believes every rebound is his and no one will outwork him," says Rice. "As far as what else he can do, he is just scratching the surface."
Rice uses Moser in the post and lets him handle the ball on the break, and Moser has shown three-point range. (He made six treys in the 94--88 double-overtime win over UC Santa Barbara on Nov. 30.) UNLV is far from a one-man team, however, as Rice uses a nine-man rotation that will balloon to 10 on Dec. 17 when 6-foot guard Reggie Smith, a transfer from Marquette, becomes eligible.
"I believe guys don't have to be close off the floor to be good teammates, but our guys are, and that's a benefit," says Rice. "They pull for each other even when it might mean less playing time for them."
With road games upcoming against national power Wisconsin (Dec. 10), Illinois (Dec. 17) and a home game against Pac-12 favorite Cal (Dec. 23), the Rebels will certainly be tested. But this much is certain:
They are off and runnin'.