Moyer making early impact for Commodores

NASHVILLE – In a 24-hour period, Moyer went from a Syracuse transfer in the midst of a redshirt season at Vanderbilt to suiting up with the Commodores in a nonconference game.

Moyer, who transferred to Vanderbilt from Syracuse this past summer, was granted immediate eligibility by the NCAA on November 15. The NCAA approval waived Moyer’s required year of residency following his transfer. The 6-8 Ohio native wasted no time in making an impact for the Commodores. Moyer chipped in five points, two assists and a team-high eight rebounds in Vanderbilt’s 79-54 win over Alcorn State on Nov. 16 at Memorial Gymnasium.

Dores’ head coach Bryce Drew said Moyer acclimated to the court quickly against the Braves.

“Him getting eight rebounds in 15 minutes is pretty impressive in his first game,” Drew said. “Hopefully that’s something he can build off of.”

Moyer adds immediate depth to the Commodores’ bench and showed off his skillset in the Alcorn State matchup. He knocked down a 3-pointer in his first four minutes of action. Moyer also threw down a fastbreak alley-oop off a lob from Saben Lee with 39 seconds to play.

Freshman forward Simisola Shittu said Moyer’s presence is an extra advantage for the Commodores going forward.

“[He brings] length. He brings energy, as well,” Shittu said. “Leadership, because he’s been to where we’re trying to be this year. He’s a good teammate, as well.”

Moyer transferred to Vanderbilt in the summer of 2018 after playing one season with Syracuse, and he has three years of eligibility with the Commodores. In 37 total games at Syracuse, Moyer averaged 3.1 points and 3.2 rebounds in 15.9 minutes per game.

Moyer, from Gahanna, Ohio, played at South Kent Prep in Kent, Connecticut before his arrival at Syracuse and was named the Connecticut Gatorade Player of the Year while helping the Cardinals to a 20-10 overall record and the semifinals of the New England Preparatory School Athletic Council (NEPSAC) Class AAA tournament.  He was a first-team NEPSAC Class AAA selection and was ranked the 74th-best prospect according to ESPN, 71st by, and 40th by in the spring of 2016.

Drew said he is excited to add Moyer’s talent to his roster – earlier than expected.

“In practice, he rebounds the ball well,” Drew said. “He has a great knack to go get the ball and he’s very quick getting there.”

Zac Ellis is the Writer and Digital Media Editor for Vanderbilt Athletics.