USC Women of Troy guard Minyon Moore kept it 100 as a freshman by averaging 11 points, and a team high 4 assists with 1 steal.
She stayed TRUE to the game by playing in all 30, including four as a starter. On February 21, 2017, she etched herself in the pantheon of Trojan history, becoming the preeminent recipient of the USBWA National Freshman of the Week award.
Minyon Moore has a tough act to follow: HERSELF.
She enters her sophomore campaign already having scored the most of any Trojan since 2014 (32) and having dished out the second most assists since 1982 (15).
Ask the average 90’s Hip-Hop purist and they will tell you Jay-Z’s Magnus-Opus is his 1996 rookie debut Reasonable Doubt.
His follow-up album In My Lifetime, Vol. 1 featured industry heavyweights Babayface, Sean Puff Dadddy Combs, Black Street, and Foxy Brown, yet received lackluster reviews and support, thus being known as Hova’s “Sophomore Slump.”
Greatness comes natural and therefore can’t be manufactured. Greatness can also be misunderstood due to perception, most often, serving as reality.
Because many basketball intangibles that create team success are not reflected in the box-score, Moore’s progress can be overlooked if she only improves her help-defense, increased her hockey assists (the pass before the pass leading to a score), and became a greater veteran presence in the lockeroom.
Minyon can avoid the dreaded Sophomore Slump by doing Moore.
She needs to stay true to the battle-tested, the dedicated, and the history makers: HERSELF.
The plot to avoid a despicable sequel?
There simply needs to be more Minyon.