Basketball Player , American
Born on February 7, 1995, Matthew Mooney is an American professional basketball player currently playing for Unicaja of the Liga ACB. In his earlier days, he played for the college basketball team, Texas Tech Red Raiders, and South Dakota after being transferred during his freshman year at the United States Air Force.
Early Life and high school career
Matthew Mooney had a younger brother to him, Joe Mooney, who, incidentally like his elder sibling, was also a basketball player. He attended Notre Dame College Prep and used to commute for more than two hours to reach Wauconda, Illinois, to play under the leadership of coach Tom Les. Matthew Money was lightly recruited and had 2 college offers when he came out of high school and signed with the United States Air Force.
Matthew Mooney had an average as a freshman in the United States Air Force of 6.9 points per game. However, after having trouble adjusting to the strictness of the military rules in the Air Force and even experiencing bullying, Matt Mooney decided to opt for transfer after just 1 season.
After sitting out for a single season, Matthew Mooney was able to get an average of 16.9 per game as a sophomore for South Dakota. Notably, Matthew Moore also led the South Dakota team to a regular-season championship. In fact, Matthew Moore was even named for the first-team All-Summit League and was the newcomer of the year. As a junior, Matthew Mooney had 18.7 points, 4.1 rebounds, and 3.1 assists, respectively. Fortunately, Matthew Mooney was again named for the first-team All-Summit League in the next year. However, he had 31 points in a loss against TCU and 30 points against the South Dakota Team in the Summit League Championship. Matthew Mooney had opted for a transfer as a graduate student following the next season, selecting Texas Tech over offers from Northwestern and Crieghton, respectively.
Major career highlights
Here are a few of Matt Mooney’s career highlights:
- Scored a career-high 33 points in the year 2018.
- Scored a career-high 10 rebounds in 2018.
- Blocked a career-high 1 shot in the year 2019.
- Recorded a career-high 35 efficiency rating in the year 2020.
- Gave a career-high 13 assists in the year 2021.
- Scored career-high 8 steals in 2021.
- Memphis Hustle (2019-2020)
At the 2019 NBA draft, Matthew Mooney was drafted with the Atlanta Hawks roster and later signed an Exhibit 10 contract with the Memphis Grizzlies roster. Then, on October 14, 2019, he was waived from the Grizzlies' roster and was named in Memphis Hustle (an NBA G League affiliate of Memphis Grizzlies).
- Cleveland Cavaliers (2020)
On January 15, 2020, Matthew Mooney had signed a two-way contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers, according to which he was to split time between Cleveland Cavaliers and Canton Charge (the NBA G League affiliate of the Cavaliers)
On January 27, 2021, Matthew Mooney had signed on with Raptors 905 and scored an average of around 11.6 points and 5.7 assists per game.
- Capitanes de Ciudad de México (2021)
Matthew Mooney signed with Captains de Ciudad de Mexico of the NBA G League on October 24, 2021. In 12 games with Capitanes, Mooney averaged around 15.2 points, 4.6 assists, 4.3 rebounds, and 2.17 steals over 32.8 minutes every game.
- New York Knicks (2021-2022)
Matthew Mooney signed a 10-day contract with the New York Knicks on December 21, 2021, with whom he had played one game and scored one steal.
Matthew Mooney played with Liga ACB's Unicaja on January 31, 2022.
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|Born||February 7, 1995 (age 27)
|Nationality ||American |
|Listed height ||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
|Listed weight||199 lb (90 kg)|
|High school||Notre Dame College Prep
|College||Air Force (2014–2015)
South Dakota (2016–2018)
Texas Tech (2018–2019)|
|NBA draft||2019 / Undrafted|
|Number||Liga ACB Champions League|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Second-team All-Big 12 (2019)|
|Big 12 All-Defensive Team (2019)|
|Big 12 All-Newcomer Team (2019)|
|2× First-team All-Summit League (2017, 2018)|
|Summit League Transfer of the Year (2017)|
|Summit League All-Newcomer Team (2017)|