By Van Williams
Classic Media Director
Anchorage’s Isaiah Moses is headed to the Big West Conference.
The premier point guard who earned NJCAA All-American First Team honors this season announced on Thursday his commitment to UC Riverside, where he will have three years of eligibility remaining.
As a freshman for College of Southern Idaho, Moses averaged 16.5 points, 4.5 assists and 1.3 steals in 31 games for a squad that won the Scenic West Athletic Conference title with a 17-0 record and advanced to the NJCAA Tournament as a No. 2 seed.
With Moses calling the shots, Southern Idaho 29 straight games to start the season and spent the final six weeks of the regular season ranked No. 1 in NJCAA.
The 6-foot-1 playmaker out of Dimond High was selected Scenic West Player of the Week four times and NJCAA Player of the Week once. He also earned All-Region 18 First Team honors and made the Region 18 All-Tournament team.
Moses got it done with off-the-charts shooting percentages of 50/43/90 in 31 games, ranking third nationally in FT% on a 119-of-132 clip. He also had seven assists or more in seven games, keyed by a career-high 12 dimes.
The 2020 Alaska Airlines Classic MVP built a reputation for coming up big in big moments. He bagged 26 points against top-ranked Salt Lake, 31 against Laramie and a career-high 34 points to go with seven assists against Snow.
In most of those games, he turned it on in the second half, which was symbolic to his season because his scoring average was seven points better in the second half (19.9) than it was in the first half (12.3).
In the national tournament, Moses produced a team-high 24 points on 8-of-13 shooting along with six rebounds and three assists as Southern Idaho suffered a shocking 75-70 loss to No. 15 seed Vincennes.
Moses had received other offers from New Mexico State and Utah Valley and recently made a recruiting stop at Pac-12 school Washington State.