In the locker room with fourth-year men’s basketball captain Wolf Moser – The Oberlin Review
On November 23, fourth-year college player and captain of the men’s basketball team, Wolf Moser, scored a career-high 27 points against Carnegie Mellon. During his gap year from 2020 to 21, he worked on basketball skills and better prepared for his future – getting a job at Cisco Systems. Despite the fact that the squad is currently 2-4, he believes they have the talent to do well this season and will play badly for the program following the end of his final college season this year.
This interview has been edited for length and clarity.
Congratulations on your game last week when you scored your career high 27 points. Even though you lost that game, how did you feel?
It’s always a lot of fun to score, especially when you’re setting a career record for yourself. The game we played was in Pittsburgh, and that’s where I grew up, so I had a lot of friends and family in the crowd cheering me on. It was really cool to score so many points and achieve a personal best in front of the people who have supported me throughout my career. However, I would have much preferred to win the game, so it was bittersweet.
I know you took a year off between 2020 and 2021 – what did you do with your free time? Did you play basketball? Was there something specific you were working on?
During my leave last year, I had a lot of new experiences which were really enriching. To begin with, I learned to trade on the stock market. I also coached junior varsity basketball in high school which was fun and interned during the summer. Of course, while I was at home I was also working on basketball. My main focus was on getting faster and stronger in order to prepare for the intense pace of the game and be ready for back to school.
As captain of your team this year, what are your personal goals? What are your team goals?
Honestly, I don’t think I have individual goals. Because this is probably my last year of playing basketball, I just want to enjoy the experience and enjoy it as much as possible, especially after not being there last year. Our goals are to win as a team and to win as much as possible. Obviously a conference championship is the ultimate goal and what we all want, but we take it day by day.
Your team is currently 2 to 4 and you have just entered a conference. What are some of your strategies for these more competitive and important games?
These next games are really important to us and to our success, but that doesn’t change much to our strategy. I remember someone once said to me, “The bigger the game, the more everything has to stay the same. The team understands the importance of these games, but that shouldn’t change the way we play or approach the game. We are a very good team with a lot of talent, and we definitely have the ability to beat everyone. if we play it the right way.
During your time in Oberlin, were you involved in any organizations or communities other than athletics?
While in Oberlin, I was involved with Solarity, helping to organize some of its concerts and musical events for the College. I also really enjoy painting and will definitely continue this hobby for as long as possible.
Do you plan to continue playing basketball after Oberlin? What does your future look like after college?
Last summer I was an intern for Cisco Systems, a technology company, and I was recently fortunate enough to receive a job offer to continue working for them after my college career, which is what excites me. I would love to continue my basketball career, but from now on I will focus on my job entering the corporate world.
What are the things that you will miss the most after your last college season? Who do you think the team will look to in the future for leadership?
I will definitely miss spending time with my teammates. Whether it’s going out for breakfast, dating on weekends, or joking on road trips, being part of a family and being around people who would do anything for you. I will really miss seeing myself succeed. I understand that I will continue to experience different types of teams in my life, but nothing will compare to being a part of OC’s basketball program. In terms of future leadership, I think the team will look to Dorde Otasevic in third year and Dimitrije Radusinovic in second year. Their experience and work ethic is truly a great example to follow. But overall, everyone on this team has proven that they can be a leader when needed, so there is nothing to fear in the years to come.