Matt Mooney will get his shot in the NBA Summer League with the Atlanta Hawks
Matt Mooney was not on very many NBA team’s radars last season. That is until he emerged as a key piece in Texas Tech’s run in the NCAA Tournament. A tournament run that vaulted Jarrett Culver into the high lottery, and resulted in a summer league invite for Tariq Owens, has also produced an opportunity for Mooney.
Was hoping to hear news of Matt Mooney landing with #Twolves, especially with the Culver connection. But they didn't make an offer. He's heading to the Atlanta Hawks. Recency bias, but developed a man-crush watching him at @usbankstadium.— Darren Wolfson (@DWolfsonKSTP) June 21, 2019
Mooney’s age (24) and limited athleticism are likely the reason why he did not hear his name on draft night. However, this is not to say that Mooney cannot turn into a solid 3 and D player at the next level. Mooney showed his defensive prowess for Texas Tech this season, consistently locking down opponents while leading the team in steals with 70, which is second in Texas Tech’s single-season history. Mooney also showcased his scoring ability in the NCAA tournament against Michigan State, putting up 22 points in Minneapolis.
Texas Tech Men's Basketball first time in history playing for a national championship Norte Dame High School’s very own Matt Mooney lead Texas Tech to a 61-51 victory over Michigan State. Mooney had 22 points. pic.twitter.com/YWjxklXwXI— Marvin Williams (@MarvinW80261365) April 9, 2019
The Hawks are loaded with young talent. Between Trae Young, Kevin Huerter, Jaylen Adams, and new rookies Cam Reddish and De’Andre Hunter, Mooney has an uphill battle to earn a spot on the Hawks roster.
However, a summer league roster spot is a huge opportunity for Matt Mooney. Though he may not make the Hawks young roster, the shot to play in Las Vegas could earn him opportunities elsewhere.
The NBA’s Summer League kicks off in Las Vegas on Friday July 5th.