WHSV Sports Presents: The Journey of JMU's Scorer

Published: Feb. 27, 2019 at 6:10 PM EST
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In less than two full seasons, James Madison senior guard Stuckey Mosley has proven to be one of the most prolific scorers in program history.

Mosley is JMU's leading scorer in 2018-2019 with 17.4 points per game and has already etched his name in the Dukes' record books.

The lefty sports a career average of 18.0 ppg, which ranks 5th in program history, while his 590 points scored during the 2017-2018 season is the sixth highest single-season mark by a Duke.

Mosley added to his impressive resume this season by scoring his 1,000th point in a JMU jersey, making him one of just four players in program history to accomplish the feat in two seasons or less.

"It just shows that Coach (Louis) Rowe believes in me," said Mosley. "My teammates believe in me and I had the opportunity to reach it as fast I did and it's just great."

"All the hard work I have been putting in since I started in college and to reach that milestone is great."

Rowe, the Dukes' head coach and a former JMU player himself, joins Mosley as one of the program's 1,000-point scorers in two seasons or less. As a coach, Rowe was instrumental in helping Mosley end up in Harrisonburg.

Mosley's first college offer came from Rowe, when he was an assistant coach at Rider. The two would again share a link in the Mid-American Conference. Mosley started his playing career at Toledo and Rowe became an assistant coach for conference rival Bowling Green.

After two seasons at Toledo, Mosley decided to transfer and found his destination at JMU where Rowe had become the head coach.

"We get permission to contact him, I pick up the phone and (Mosley) says 'Coach I have been waiting on your phone call.'," said Rowe. "I said 'Man, we can get a visit done.'."

Mosley committed to JMU on his recruiting visit and after sitting out one season due to NCAA rules would become the centerpiece of Rowe's rebuilding effort.

As a junior in 2017-2018, Mosley averaged a team-high 18.4 ppg and played 35.6 minutes per contest.

While Mosley has had great individual success, the Dukes have struggled as a team over the last few seasons. JMU went 10-22 in Mosley's first season and the Dukes are 13-16 (as of 2/27) this year as Rowe looks to rebuild the program with a young roster around his senior guard.

"We don't listen too much to the criticism because we know all the work we are putting in on a daily basis," said Mosley. "We just try to stay together and keep fighting because we know we are going to break through eventually."

Mosley and the Dukes have two home games to finish the regular season. JMU hosts Elon Thursday (2/28) at 7 p.m. and William & Mary (3/2) at 4 p.m.