Moody finds important role with UND

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GRAND FORKS, N.D. (Valley News Live) -- University of North Dakota Men’s Basketball guard Aanen Moody has yet to see a shot he doesn’t like.

“My role is a shooter now when in high school I was really more of a scorer,” Moody said. “I wasn’t really a three point shooter. I was more of a creator. So these first couple years I’ll just be more of a shooter and just play defense. That’s how my minutes will be utilized.”

With 2,139 points Moody still holds the record for most points scored in Class A Basketball in the state of North Dakota.

Now at UND the redshirt freshman leads the team in three pointers made (54) and attempted (140) doing it all while coming off the bench.
Moody has appeared in all 21 of North Dakota’s contests this season with no starts to his name.

Brian Jones, head coach at UND, said that is by design.

“We need somebody to come off the bench to give us a scoring pop. Right now I’m leaning on our upper classmen to get us out of the gate stronger, but I know what he can do,” Jones said.

“It’s not that he hasn’t earned it but I think he has an invaluable role being that microwave off the bench.”

Moody has embraced being the spark plug off the bench and has even found the benefit of coming in after the game has tipped.

“You don’t get the scout that the starters do. The defense kind of underdogs you a little bit so it’s really good and refreshing to just like show everybody up,” Moody said.

Hailing from Dickinson, Moody has the distinction of being the only player from North Dakota on UND’s roster.

He admits there is some pressure being the only homegrown product, but he likes that pressure.

“It kind of motivates me because I know that so many people out there expect so much of me and they really just want me to succeed. So it makes me want to make not only myself proud, but them proud as well.”

Moody is the third leading scorer for the Fighting Hawks (201 points) behind seniors Cortez Seales (260) and Conner Avants (247).

UND returns to action at Western Illinois Friday, February 1.