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New kids on the block: Ambrose Mosley

Ambrose Mosley has chosen UNCW as his next home. He will be available to play immediately for the Seahawks.

Ambrose Mosley has chosen UNCW as his next home. He will be available to play immediately for the Seahawks.

Ambrose Mosley has chosen UNCW as his next home. He will be available to play immediately for the Seahawks.

Ambrose Mosley has chosen UNCW as his next home. He will be available to play immediately for the Seahawks.

Noah Thomas | Sports Editor

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UNC Wilmington’s men’s basketball program has added another player to its roster for the 2016-2017 season in the form of 6-foot-2 guard Ambrose Mosley.

Mosley, a graduate transfer from Old Dominion University, announced back on April 17 that he would be a Seahawk for his final year of college basketball.

“Everything is perfect about UNCW. There’s nothing not to love.” Mosley said. “The coaches are great and so are the players. Now I can’t wait to see how crazy the fans at the games are.”

The guard from Jacksonville, Florida was dismissed from Old Dominion’s team less than halfway through this past season for undisclosed reasons. Despite the Monarchs inviting Mosley back for another year, he decided to explore other opportunities.

“UNCW has always been high up on the list. but Louisiana Lafayette (also recruited Mosley),” he said. “And ODU also wanted me to come back on the team for my last year.”

Mosley mentioned that he is very excited for the crowds at Trask Coliseum. UNCW led the Colonial Athletic Association in per-game fan attendance in 2016, with larger and larger crowds flocking to Trask as the season wore on and as the Seahawks enjoyed more success on and off the court.

It’s apparent that head coach Kevin Keatts has been recruiting Mosely since mid-February, long before the season had concluded. Alongside fellow transfer Tyrone Taylor II, Mosley spent part of his prep career at Hargrave Military Academy in Chatham, Virginia.

Keatts coached at Hargrave for a decade with great success, and he has been using those protections to tap into the recruiting trail.

“Yes, it did. It’s a special connection to have,” Mosley said, speaking of his future teammates. “The only time we really got a chance to chat was on my visit. But all were welcoming which made my decision easier.”

Mosley averaged 7.2 points per game in his two full seasons at Old Dominion. As a Monarch, he specialized in the three-point shot and scored a career-high 21 points against George Mason during his redshirt-sophomore year.

“I think I would fit in great in the up-and-down style,” he said. “It’s what I’m used to,” referring to UNCW’s motto of “Run. Defend. Win.” The Seahawks are coming off a season in which they averaged 85 points per game as a team, but allowed 95 points per game to opposing teams.

The latter statistic ranked UNCW tied-136 in the nation. Defensive efficiency, as well as frequently visiting the free throw line will be points of emphasis for the Seahawks moving forward.

With only one year of eligibility remaining, Mosley will be available to play immediately next season for a roster packed with guards similar in skill set.

How exactly Keatts will manage playing time for all of his players is a question that has yet to be answered, but it is clear that UNCW will be able to go deep into its bench next season in the event of foul trouble.

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