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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

SMU’s Moore, Florida Gulf Coast’s DeBose enjoyed filling in for KU

Team USA guard Julian DeBose (12) and Team USA guard Nic Moore (3) bump heads after Moore hit a three-point basket late in a Team USA 66-65 win against Serbia Wednesday, July 8, at the World University Games in South Korea.

Team USA guard Julian DeBose (12) and Team USA guard Nic Moore (3) bump heads after Moore hit a three-point basket late in a Team USA 66-65 win against Serbia Wednesday, July 8, at the World University Games in South Korea.

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— Florida Gulf Coast senior guard Julian DeBose and SMU senior guard Nic Moore joined Kansas University in representing the United States’ men’s basketball team this summer at the World University Games following injuries to Jayhawks Brannen Greene and Devonté Graham.

Both KU fill-ins were thrilled to represent their country and learn from their short-term teammates. 

DeBose averaged 4.0 points and 2.3 rebounds at the international competition, scoring a team-high 18 points against Switzerland in pool play. 

“Just learning leadership from these guys,” DeBose said of one of the biggest benefits of the experience. “This year I’ll be a senior at Florida Gulf Coast. … I’m learning how to lead as best as I can. Learning what it means to just be there for your guys. I’m going to take that back as much as possible.”

Moore, the reigning American Athletic Conference player of the year, started every game in South Korea, alongside junior point guard Frank Mason III and junior guard Wayne Selden Jr. in the backcourt. Moore averaged 6.8 points and 3.0 rebounds per game. He was second on the squad with 15 steals and 20 assists in eight games. 

Despite his slumps shooting the ball (18-of-64, 28 percent), Moore continued to find ways to contribute. 

“My shot ain’t going to dictate how I play,” Moore said. “I’m always going to give it my all, regardless, if my shot is going in or not. I got some steals late in the game, so I feel like that helped just as much as knocking down a shot.”

After earning the gold with their new teammates on Monday, Moore and DeBose were all smiles on the medal podium and in the locker room. 

“I had a great time,” Moore said. “It was a lot of fun.” 

Kansas coach Bill Self added: “Nic and Julian have fit in great. We couldn’t have taken two better kids over here to fit in with everybody else.”


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Comments

Glen Miller 2 years, 3 months ago

Thank you two for being such great teammates and representatives while with us from all of us Jayhawk fans! I'll be following your seasons and keeping up with how your teams progress this year and I hope to see both of your squads in the Dance...... good luck to you both this upcoming season and beyond! Great job guys :)

Ross Hartley 2 years, 3 months ago

Nic, that late steal was a turning point. Thanks.

Brian Wilson 2 years, 3 months ago

IMO, Moore and Dubose are honorary Jayhawks. Thank you for job well done. I know we will not hang any kind of banner in Allen Fieldhouse, but it seems to me that somewhere in the museum or on the wall I have seen a picture of the Jayhawk Olympic Team which I think only had 7 KU players on the roster. It would be nice if a picture of this team is placed somehwere to be seen with a note of our Honorary Jayhawks! Great job Guys!

Ben Berglund 2 years, 3 months ago

Thanks Nic and Jules! I will be rooting for SMU & FGCU (not to mention Wake Forrest & UAB). Rock Chalk USA!

Scott Smetana 2 years, 3 months ago

Most important addition to your list... whoever is playing Mizzery.

Humpy Helsel 2 years, 3 months ago

I'm thinking there may be some special World University Games footage in the prior to tip off video shown before games at AFH this season. How about a little footage with Nic and Julian in some of that? That would be fitting, I think.

Jonathan Allison 2 years, 3 months ago

I loved watching the way that Nic and Julian fit into the team, but also liked watching how the two of them bonded with eachother as evidenced in the headline photo on this article.

I remember one instance I believe in the Turkey game or the Brazil game when Julian was involved in a rough play and Nic jumped in there and stuck up for his teammate and I thought that it was interesting that it was the two extended family members who were standing up for eachother there.

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