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Sunday, July 29, 2018

KU PG Charlie Moore eager to ‘learn and get better’ during second trip to Italy

Red Team guard Charlie Moore puts up a three over Blue Team guard Elijah Johnson during a scrimmage on Wednesday, June 13, 2018, at the Horejsi Family Athletics Center.

Red Team guard Charlie Moore puts up a three over Blue Team guard Elijah Johnson during a scrimmage on Wednesday, June 13, 2018, at the Horejsi Family Athletics Center.

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The last time Kansas point guard Charlie Moore hopped onto a plane bound for Italy, he carried a much different approach than the one he has today.

Expected to arrive on Italian soil later this week, for an overseas stint for the second summer in a row, Moore will be playing a handful of games with one of four squads participating Aug. 2-9 in the USA East Coast Tour of Venice.

Last year, Moore played an important role on a KU team that rolled to four victories in four tries against Italian teams in Rome and Milan. The Cal transfer averaged 7.8 points per game and was second with 15 assists, while recording seven steals and averaging 2.5 rebounds per game, as well.

While contributing to his new team in a foreign country was a blast for Moore, it also was bittersweet because Moore knew then that his next chance to play for real was still more than a year away.

This year, Moore knows that his return to the states will bring with it the unofficial start of his Kansas career.

“Different mindset,” Moore told the Journal-World. “Knowing that I wasn’t going to be able to play after Italy last year was tough for me, but I stuck it out and I’m here today.”

Moore’s 2018 team, like the one he played for in Italy in 2017, will be coached by a Hall of Famer, former KU head coach Larry Brown. It features 11 other college players from programs as big as Purdue, Colorado, South Carolina and SMU, and as small as Abilene Christian and UNC Greensboro. Moore said bonding with those players, while also trying to sharpen his point guard skills, would carry equal importance during the next 10 days.

“Building that bond and friendships is important,” he said. “After I come back from Italy, I’ll be more conditioned, from playing in those games, and I’ll be ready to play.”

Last summer’s trip to Italy marked Moore’s first time out of the country. But having done it once, he was not as anxious about round two.

“It’s just the flight’s so long,” Moore joked. “But I’m not really that worried about it.”

Not only will being reunited with Brown mark a reunion for the two from last year’s Final Four, when Brown spent time around the KU program in San Antonio, but it also will be a bit of a return to Moore’s recruitment.

“That’s my guy. He recruited me at SMU,” Moore said of Brown. “I talked to him a little bit, just about going out there and practicing and stuff like that. It was just small talk, really. I’m just focused on going out there and learning. Playing under coach Larry Brown, a Hall of Fame coach, it’s just going to be important to me to go out there and learn and get better and get ready for the season.

“My goal is just to win, just as if I was here at Kansas. Winning is a big thing to me and I know this trip is definitely going to make me better.”

Comments

Marius Rowlanski 3 weeks ago

Larry Brown's loyalty to Kansas continually impresses me. I don't hold any such feelings towards Dean Smith who used KU to mold his future head coach at North Carolina.

Hashir Asgher 3 weeks ago

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Dirk Medema 2 weeks, 6 days ago

Dean Smith most certainly did not use KU. He recommended a completely unproven assistant from his staff for our head coaching position. No one had any idea that he would become one of the winningest active coaches. In fact I'm recalling that the AD got all kinds of grief for accepting someone with zero HC experience.

Yes, he raided the cookie jar but even that turned out better than almost anyone expected.

Dean Smith has done plenty to earn the respect of all Jayhawks.

Marius Rowlanski 2 weeks, 5 days ago

"Smith recommended a completely unproven assistant from his staff for our head coaching position."

No sale. Williams had been Dean Smith's top assistant before leaving after 10 years. Smith finally lured Williams back to North Carolina on his third attempt. You don't think Smith tried to get Williams back before naming Bill Guthridge as his successor?

Everybody is unproven when they get their first coaching job but how many get to learn their craft from a Hall of Fame coach and one of the most respected college coaches in basketball history..

Bill Kackley 2 weeks, 6 days ago

Dick, I certainly agree with you on that. I still remember watching him play in Manhatten for KU. He was a Jayhawk first and he knew the kind of coach and person he was recommending to KU.

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