Can Maya Moore Excel in Men’s College Basketball?

by Brian McCormick · 1 comment

Since the UConn vs Stanford National Championship game, I have read many numerous silly posts, so I finally had to write something. While many writers found the game as justification to ignore women’s basketball completely, I have argued the other way: I think Maya Moore is skilled and athletic enough to play men’s Division I college basketball. Why?

She possesses the vertical jump (which is a measure of lower body power) and quickness (of a rattlesnake) to complete athletically, while her skill set is unquestioned. She can shoot off the dribble or off the catch and is comfortable off a jump stop or a step-in with either foot. Most importantly, she has a great work ethic and tremendous competitiveness.

Obviously there would be an adjustment in the speed of the game and finishing would be more difficult against male players playing above the rim, but plenty of male players face the same adjustments when moving from high school to college basketball. I think that Moore possesses the type of athleticism, basketball I.Q. and skill that would allow her to be a low to mid-major shooting guard.

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sortub March 30, 2011 at 12:18 pm

You’re so wrong. There are mens’ high school teams that she would be a benchwarmer for. Plus at 6’0” she’d have to be a point guard, which isn’t even the strongest point of her game. She wouldn’t be able to use her post skills AT ALL and she’d get the ball stolen at will by a competent defender out on the perimeter. If you put a division 1 benchwarmer from a team like the University of Washington Huskies (former player Ryan Appleby for example) in a women’s game they would average at least 40 ppg just off of quickness, height and maleness and make Maya Moore look like a pile of steaming fecal matter. There are a lot of causes that can be advanced by feminism – trying to equate female basketball players to their male counterparts is not one of them. It would take thousands of years for genetics to act on the tremendous disparity seen between male and female athletes on the basketball court, and its not even clear that our biology as a species is headed in that direction. End of story.

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