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Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Little brother joins Moody on U.S. team

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The Moody family will bring home two gold medals from the Williams Jones Cup tournament in Taipei City, Taiwan.

Former Kansas University basketball forward Christian Moody was joined on the winning U.S. Athletes In Action squad by his younger brother, Patrick, a 6-foot-4 sophomore on the University of North Carolina's junior varsity team.

Patrick Moody played in six games for the U.S., which won eight of nine contests, including Sunday's 79-69 championship game against Taiwan.

Patrick, who followed in Christian's footsteps at Asheville (N.C.) Roberson High, then elected to play for former KU assistants Jerod Haase and C.B. McGrath at UNC, hit one of five shots total, good for three points.

He also had five boards in 25 minutes.

Big brother Christian, a 6-8, 220-pounder who hopes to play professionally in Europe this season before entering medical school, played much more, averaging 6.7 points and 6.0 rebounds while logging 17.9 minutes per contest.

Christian Moody hit 25 of 50 shots and 10 of 23 free throws with 11 assists, 10 turnovers and four blocks.

"Patrick was added to the team late and I know it was a highlight for Christian to get to spend time and play with him," said Texas A&M;'s Peter Warden, who served as publicist for the U.S. team.

Of Christian's play, Warden said: "His best game for us was either in the semifinals against Korea, where he had 14 points on 6-of-6 shooting and five boards, or in the last round-robin game against Kazakhstan where he finished with 10 points, four boards and two steals in 22 minutes."

In the title game, Christian Moody scored six points off 1-of-5 shooting with five rebounds in 13 minutes.

"He got into a little foul trouble early, and then some guys stepped up while he was on the bench," Warden said.

Stat keeping, by the way, was quite different in Taiwan.

"They don't keep stats quite like we do, and the stat sheets are all in Chinese," Warden indicated.

Other members of the winning U.S. team, coached by Mike Jarvis, included Texas A&M;'s Josh Carter and Dominique Kirk, New Mexico's Daniel Faris, Troy DeVries and Tony Dandrige, Notre Dame's Luke Zeller, Belmont's Boomer Herndon, Citadel's Mark Schiavoni and Montana State's Ja'Ron Jefferson.

The final standings: USA, Taiwan, Qatar, Korea, Kazakhstan, Philippines, Japan and Australia.

¢ Collison battles Sene: Former KU forward Nick Collison of the Seattle SuperSonics has been working out with the team's No. 1 draft pick (No. 10 overall), Mouhamed Sene, a 7-footer from Senegal.

"In drills, the one-on-one and two-on-two settings, he's really good because he's so long," Collison told the Seattle Times. "Defensively, he's pretty good because he moves his feet well. He's not real comfortable with the ball."

Sene is the sixth Senegalese player in the NBA. The others: Makhtar Ndiaye, Mamadou N'diaye, Boniface N'Dong, DeSagana Diop and Pape Sow.

Collison will hold a basketball camp for third to ninth graders July 25-28 at Wichita Collegiate High School. For information, go to www.jjdsports.com.

In addition, Collison's Sonics will be meeting ex-Jayhawk Kirk Hinrich's Chicago Bulls in an NBA exhibition game on Sunday, Oct. 15, in Allen Fieldhouse.

Ex-Jayhawk Aaron Miles could be on the Bulls' roster at the time. Miles played for the Bulls' summer-league team. What's more, the Bulls are one of the teams interested in ex-Jayhawk Drew Gooden, who has yet to sign an extension with the Cleveland Cavaliers. No ticket plan has yet been announced for that game.

¢ Challenge series discussions: The Big 12 and Pac-10 Conferences continue to discuss a possible challenge series to start in the 2007-08 season. Teams would play each other in similar fashion to the annual Big Ten/ACC challenge.

"It's moving forward. I'm optimistic that it will happen," Dave Hirsch, assistant public relations director for the Pac-10 told Portland's Oregonian newspaper.

A problem is the Big 12 has two more teams than the Pac-10. Thus it's possible two Pac-10 teams would play two games in the event in late November or early December.

In the recent past, KU has played games against Pac-10 schools Arizona, UCLA, Oregon and California. KU will play USC this season in Allen Fieldhouse and next season in Los Angeles.

¢ Recruiting update: Florida has received an oral commitment from 6-8 power forward Alex Tyus of Cincinnati Harmony Community College. Tyus averaged 12.3 points a game at the recent Reebok ABCD camp despite a fractured finger. ... Michigan has, for a second time, landed Alex Legion, 6-4 from Detroit, who attends Oak Hill Academy. Legion committed to the Wolverines in November, but reopened his recruiting in April.

"After looking around and talking to a bunch of other college coaches, I realized I have the best relationship with coach (Tom) Amaker," Legion told rivals.com.

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