Moretti, majoring in human science, currently carries a 3.71 GPA. He was named an All-Big 12 Conference Third Team selection as one of the top shooters in the nation and is currently second in the country by shooting 92.2 percent at the free-throw line.

The ELITE 90, an award founded by the NCAA, recognizes the true essence of the student-athlete by honoring the individual who has reached the pinnacle of competition at the national championship level in his or her sport, while also achieving the highest academic standard among his or her peers. The Elite 90 is presented to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point average participating at the finals site for each of the NCAA's 90 championships.

A guard from Italy, Moretti is averaging 11.6 points and 2.5 assists per game in his second season with the program. His three 3-pointers against Michigan was the 13th time this season he's had three or more in a game and he has now made 69 this season. He'll come into the matchup against Michigan State shooting 22-for-41 on 3-pointers and 31-for-33 at the free-throw line in the past 10 games. 

Past Texas Tech recipients are Kim Kaufman from women's golf in the 2011-12 season, Montene Speight of women's track & field in 2014-15 and baseball's Tyler Floyd in 2015-16.

Eligible student-athletes are sophomores or above who have participated in their sport for at least two years with their school. They must be an active member of the team, traveling and a designated member of the squad size at the championship. All ties are broken by the number of credits completed.