COLLEGE REPORT: Moore helps Oakland snap eight-game skid

Friday, January 13, 2023
North Putnam graduate Mason Brooks had season highs of 13 points and six rebounds in just 13 minutes of action in a 76-74 loss to Aquinas on Jan. 7 for Cornerstone University. Brooks averages 4.4 points and 2.2 rebounds per game as a sophomore.
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Oakland University senior Jalen Moore was named Nike Player of the Week by the Horizon League for the week of Jan. 2 to highlight recent collegiate performances for Putnam County graduates.

Moore contributed to a two-game win streak over New Year’s weekend for the Golden Grizzlies to get them back into the win column after an eight-game drought. He delivered a season-high eight assists against Milwaukee, and then topped it off with another season-high 25 points against Green Bay to help secure the wins.

The Cloverdale native is the Horizon League assist leader averaging 6.1 assists per game with a tally of 73 assists for the 2022-23 season.

With these attributes, Moore is nationally ranked for his outstanding work on the court and continues to climb the NCAA men’s basketball standings ranking 10th in the division for assists per game, as well as 31st for overall assists on the season tied with Umoja Gibson (DePaul) and Cameron Parker (Portland State).

For the season, Moore has played in 14 of 17 after battling injury problems early in the season and ranks second on the team in scoring at 14.7 points per game.

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Cooper Neese, Gr., Indiana State – Neese has bounced back well from missing two games in December due to injury. For the season, Neese is third on the team in scoring at 10.5 points per game and also grabs 3.7 rebounds per game. The Sycamores were alone in first place in the Missouri Valley Conference until losing at home on Wednesday to Southern Illinois.

Kyle Thomas, Fr., Cedarville (Ohio) – Has played in all 15 games for the 11-4 Yellow Jackets, ranking sixth on the team in scoring at 7.3 points per game. Thomas is shooting 39.1 percent from 3-point range. Has scored in double figures five times, including two 14-point outings.

Chloe Sprinkle, Fr., Lincoln Trail – Has played in 16 games for the Statesmen, starting one, averaging 2.4 points and 2.1 rebounds per game.


Brody Whitaker, So., Marian – Has played in 17 games, all off the bench, ranking fifth on team in scoring at 9.7 and also grabbing 4.3 rebounds per game. Shooting 42.9 percent from 3-point range and 77.8 from the line.

North Putnam

Mason Brooks, So., Cornerstone (Mich.) – Had season highs of 13 points (also a career high) and six rebounds in just 13 minutes of action in a 76-74 loss to Aquinas on Jan. 7. Averages 4.4 points and 2.2 rebounds per game.

South Putnam

Chloe Custis, So., Lake Land – Has started 11 of 16 games, averaging 6.0 points and 1.2 assists per game.

Brie Miller, Fr., Vincennes – Has played in all 18 games, starting 11, averaging 2.7 points and 3.9 rebounds per game.



Tracy Menzel, women’s head coach, DePauw – Team has a 2-0 dual meet record and won the Indiana DIII meet, the Gail Pebworth Invitational title and second in the Davenport Quad.

Mallary Meyer, head coach, Hollins (Va.) – Team has 0-4 record in dual meets and finished ninth in the ODAC Relays.

Olivia Headley, Fr., Centre (Ky.) – Swam the opening leg of the winning 200-yard free relay team last weekend in the Colonel Classic at Centre. Also finished fourth in the 50 free, 100 free and 200 free events.

South Putnam

Zach Rayce, assistant coach, Franklin – Men’s team placed second in the Colonel Classic at Centre last weekend, while women’s team placed third.

Evan Steffy, So., DePauw – Finished sixth in the 200 breaststroke and 200 IM, seventh in the 100 breaststroke and swam the second leg of the fifth-place 200-yard medley relay in a dual meet against Wabash in December.

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