By John Davis, Oxford Citizen
Stefan Moody is arguably the most explosive and dynamic player in the SEC. He’s definitely one of the most impressive players in the league for what he can do at his 5-foot-9 height.
Moody is just another 20-point effort from tying the mark held by former Ole Miss standout Gerald Glass. That mark is 13 and the next opportunity for Moody comes Tuesday night at home against South Carolina.
“I think overall, he is the most complete because of his ability to get his own shot,” Kennedy said. “When we had to move him to the point early in the season just based out of necessity, based on our team, it’s actually made him a much more difficult cover because he has the ball. When you play guys that don’t have the ball, you can be resilient enough to deny them touches and obviously it would limit their effectiveness.”
Kennedy said that he’s had guys that could score without the ball, but because Moody is so explosive and so strong, and the way he gets to the foul line, Kennedy said he was the most complete scorer.
In regards to Glass, a wing player, Kennedy said he was explosive just like Moody.
“He had a knack for scoring. He probably had the ball much less time than Moody does because he didn’t play the point, but from memory, I believe he was a very efficient scorer,” Kennedy said. “Again, because Moody is the point guard and we run so much action through him, even the plays in which he is not designed to shoot, the action is still based on the amount of attention the defense is paying to him. It opens up angles for others. Moody had the ball in his hands more than Gerald did, but both are dynamic scorers.”
Tipoff with No. 19 South Carolina is set for 6 p.m. The game can be seen on the SEC Network. The Gamecocks enter with a 16-1 overall record. The Gamecocks are coming off an 81-72 win over Missouri.
“It’s an incredible opportunity, hosting South Carolina. Frank (Martin), who I know very well, has done a tremendous job in year four of having that program where I knew that it would be under his leadership,” Kennedy said. “They’re 16-1 and playing at a very high level. They present a number of challenges in the way they approach the game.”