While Laremy Tunsil is “one of” the players Ole Miss football has to have to reach its potential, Stefan Moody is “the” player Ole Miss basketball has to have for 2015-2016 to do the same thing.
As a first-year junior college transfer Moody tied for the lead in scoring in conference games last year, averaging 18.6 points a game.
The school announced on June 8 that Moody had just completed surgery on a stress fracture in the tibia bone of his lower left leg.
That was roughly three weeks ago, and the release at the time said Moody would be out 8-12 weeks during the recovery.
Earlier today on the SEC’s summer basketball teleconference Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy gave an encouraging update on Moody.
“Other than the initial pain that comes with that surgery, he’s had no pain. We’re taking the process really slow, but our medical staff has been blown away with how quickly he’s responding,” he said.
Moody shot 35.1 percent from 3-point range last year, a Marshall Henderson-like percentage.
Like Henderson, Moody has the constant green light. He can – and did – win games with big shots.
The difference in the two is that when the 3-point shot isn’t falling Moody, at only 5-foot-10, has athleticism that Henderson did not. That allows Moody to get to the rim and score.
A big part of Moody’s game is at or above the rim. He elevates. And that’s why you need to keep an eye on his improving tibia and make sure he can still do that moving forward.
The early rehab word is good.