Florida freshman sensation Sydney Moss — Kentucky’s 2012 Miss Basketball from Boone County High School and daughter of former NFL wide receiver Randy Moss — has transferred to Division III Thomas More College.
Thomas More’s women’s basketball program announced the news Thursday following a series of reports published this summer in which Moss said she was likely headed to the college near Boone County.
Because she’s transferring to a non-Division I college, Moss will be immediately eligible at Thomas More as a sophomore.
“We are excited that Sydney is joining the Thomas More women’s basketball program,” said Thomas More head coach Jeff Hans in a statement. “It is especially nice to have local student-athletes at Thomas More to play in front of their family and friends. It is always good to have quality student-athletes in the Thomas More community and our women’s basketball program that are looking to complete their academic degrees.”
Moss averaged 11.8 points, 6.8 rebounds and 3.9 assists in her season at Florida. The SEC all-freshman team member, who played in all 37 games while starting 24, helped the Gators to a 22-15 record and semifinals appearance in the Women’s National Invitation Tournament.
According to a June 22 report published Florida’s student paper, The Alligator, coach Amanda Butler refused to release Moss from her scholarship following the season. That forced the 5-foot-11 forward/guard to transfer somewhere to a non-major-conference program.
She joins a team that’s experienced success at the Division III level. Located in Crestview Hills, Ky., just outside of Cincinnati, Thomas More reached seven straight NCAA tournaments, though the Saints are still seeking their first Final Four appearance.
Athletic scholarships are not offered in Division III schools, resulting in a roster at Thomas More comprised of all local players. Ten players on last year’s team were from Kentucky and four from Ohio.
Moss played her final three prep seasons at Boone County, where she averaged a double-double (19.6 points, 10.5 rebounds per game) and shot better than 50 percent from the field.
After a season at Florida, however, Moss wanted to come home.
“They didn’t talk to my mom the whole season,” Moss told The Alligator regarding Florida’s coaching staff. “They got me down there and then didn’t talk to my mom at all.”
Given her choice, Moss had a short list of Division I schools she considered: the University of Louisville, University of Kentucky, Cincinnati and West Virginia.
After The Alligator published its report, Florida did grant Moss the ability to transfer to any of those schools except UK. By that point, her move to Thomas More was already in the works.
“If you’re good enough,” she told the paper, “WNBA and overseas coaches will find you.”
Should Moss decide to transfer back to a Division I program, she would likely have to sit out a season due to NCAA transfer rules. A Thomas More spokesperson said the school anticipates Moss completing her eligibility with the Saints.