“John is physically ready to do it as a freshman. He is intense as heck and too hard on himself. He gives us that stretch four we have had in the program here before. I would compare him to Rob Kurz, but when Kurz got to the program he was 190 pounds, Mooney is 240. He is active athletically, a great passer and has an extremely bright future for us and will compete for minutes right away.”
- Notre Dame head coach Mike Brey
- Led Lake Brantley High School to a 22-4 record as a senior, averaging 24 points, 14 rebounds and five blocks per game.
- Named Orlando Sentinel Player of the Year, Florida 8A Player of the Year and first-team all-Florida.
- Named the MVP of the Toyota Classic in Lexington, Ky., posting 24 points and 26 rebounds in the championship game.
- Finished as Lake Brantley’s all-time leading rebounder and scorer while averaging 19 wins per season throughout his high school career.
- Member of the Nike Team Florida AAU team.
- Earned Lake Brantley’s Gary Hayes Memorial Award for a student-athlete who shows leadership.
- Full name is John Patrick Mooney.
- Born in Baltimore, Md.
- Son of Kevin and Margaret Mooney, along with older brother Brendan and older sister Caitlin.
- Brother, Brendan, played basketball at Spring Hill College in Mobile, Ala., following in the footsteps of father, Kevin, who played golf at Spring Hill College.
- Enrolled in the First Year of Studies.