Mike Moser, this is your life.
“It’s not really odd to me,” Moser said. “I have always followed the path that was right.”
What a long and winding road it has been, leading back home. Moser played at Portland Grant High.
The 6-foot-8 Moser left UCLA after one season, unhappy with the power forward role envisioned for him. He had a successful sophomore season at UNLV and an injury-plagued junior year.
Moser enrolled as a graduate student at Oregon, taking advantage of the NCAA rule that made him immediately eligible. He has played for four coaches in five seasons and uncounted teammates.
“If I counted them up, it’d probably be 45 or 46,” said Moser, who averages 13.6 points and 8.0 rebounds. “I got different views from a lot of people. I learned to deal with a lot of people.”
Though he has no souvenirs from those previous stops.
“I definitely have donated a lot of gear to nonprofit foundations,” Moser said.
He said he would not change a thing.
“I didn’t leave any schools with ill will, or got kicked off the team,” Moser said. “It was just, ‘I don’t want to be here anymore.’ ”
Moser may have one more reunion left. If the Ducks win two games, they could play Arizona in the tournament final.
Moser originally committed to the Wildcats, then a coaching change led him to switch to UCLA.