Another Antelope Valley Star Ready to Wow West Georgia U Basketball Fans

Posted: June 21, 2016 in AVC Men's Basketball, AVC Men's BB 2015-16, AVC Men's BB 2016-17, D-2, Former Stars


Michael Cooney
Head Coach
Phone: 678-839-3974

Since 1997, there has been one constant with the University of West Georgia men’s basketball imageprogram, and that constant has been current head coach Michael Cooney, and the past two seasons (2014-16) have been one of the most successful runs in the history of the program.

In both years, Cooney’s Wolves won 22 games, marking the second time in school history that a UWG team had as many as 22 victories in consecutive years. Every one of the 44 victories between 2014-16 was a region win, marking the most region victories in a two-year stretch for any UWG squad. Above that, the Wolves tied for the regular season championship in 2015, then went one better as the 2016 Gulf South Conference Champions, defeating Alabama Huntsville in the GSC tournament championship game.

In both years, the Wolves reached the NCAA regional tournament, marking the first time since 2002 that West Georgia reached the regional in back-to-back years.

JUCO guard J.J. Moorer joins Wolves for new season

Posted: 6/15/2016 11:34:00 AM

Carrollton, GA – UWG’s men’s basketball program has added its second signee of the 2016-17 recruiting season. Head coach Michael Cooney announced Wednesday the addition of a backcourt star from the rugged California Juco league.

Cooney has signed J.J. Moorer, a 6-1, 185-guard guard from Antelope Valley College. A native of Long Beach, Calif., Moorer was a high school star at Queen City Prep in Charlotte, N.C., before returning to his home state to play at the junior college level.

"J.J. is a very tough and very strong guard," says Cooney of his newest addition. He adds, "He has played against good competition night in-and-night out, he’s very seasoned and very confident. You can count on J.J. to take and make big shots."

Moorer comes to UWG following a stellar career at Antelope Valley. He was the team’s top scorer a year at 12.7 points per game as the Marauders posted a 25-7 record, and advanced to the semifinals of the Southern California juco tourney. Moorer’s shooting numbers were especially impressive. He shot 45.5% from the field (148-325) and 40.5% (68-168) from three-point range. Also, he was a stellar free throw shooter, hitting 42-of-46 attempts (91.3%) on the season.
Moorer’s impressive play resulted in his being named first team all-conference last season. He also earned MVP honors in two in-season tournaments, and he was listed among the top 100 junior college prospects in California.

Cooney says that another plus for Moorer is the program from which he comes to UWG. "Antelope Valley has a long tradition of being an outstanding California junior college program.  Coach John Taylor and his staff do an outstanding job of preparing their players to graduate and play at the four-year level."

The signing of Moorer is the second for UWG during this year’s recruiting campaign. Cooney earlier this month announced the signing of Keith Ray, a 6-5, 230-pound forward from Powder Springs and Chattahoochee Tech (J.C.) in Marietta.

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