Dominating season makes Moon a star
OC center John Moon earned NCAA Division II All-America honorable mention from the Conference Commissioners Association and the Division II Bulletin.
He also received All-South Central Region first-team honors from the CCA, was a first-team All-District selection by the National Association of Basketball Coaches, and a first-team all-conference selection and defensive player of the year in the Heartland Conference.
He was named to the Academic All-America first-team list by the College Sports Information Directors of America, the first OC player so chosen for that prestigious honor. The website OklahomaSports.net named him as the player of the year among Oklahoma’s 12 Division II programs.
OklahomaSports.net also picked Moon’s 20-of-20, 50-point outing in OC’s 104-92 win over Oklahoma Panhandle State on Feb. 6 as the top performance among Oklahoma-based men’s basketball players during the 2015-16 season.
Moon, a 7-foot junior from Crescent, had a game for the ages, as he tied two all-division college basketball records (for single-game consecutive field goals and single-game field-goal percentage) while breaking school and three Heartland Conference records for single-game points, single-game field goals and single-game field-goal percentage.
Moon’s 20-of-20 shooting outing was only the second in college basketball history, along with that of Lance Berwald of North Dakota State, who did so against Augustana (S.D.) on Feb. 17, 1984.
During his junior season, Moon shattered numerous Heartland Conference and OC records and tied a couple of NCAA marks.
He became only the second player in history to lead the conference in three major stat categories – scoring (23.9 points per game), rebounding (9.1 per game) and blocked shots (70, or 2.5 per game).
School records set this season by Moon include those for single-game points, field goals made and field-goal percentage. His 669 points ranked No. 11 on OC’s single-season chart and with 1,423 career points, he will enter his senior season at No. 23 on the program’s all-time scoring list. He also has an ongoing streak of 53 straight games with at least one blocked shot.
View more stories from the Summer 2016 issue of Vision magazine.