SMU's Nic Moore to play with Kansas team at University Games

Nic Moore will play with Kansas at the World University games. (USATSI)
Nic Moore will play with Kansas at the World University games. (USATSI)

If Kansas had Nic Moore, it would be a shoo-in as the No. 1 team in the country.

Unfortunately for Jayhawk fans, that's not going to be the case in the regular season. But we'll get to see what that combination of player and team could be like this summer when the SMU point guard suits up with the rest of the Jayhawks -- minus Svi Mykhailiuk and Cheick Diallo -- for the World University games in South Korea.

So how did this come about? Bill Self told the story:

“The key for us is we can travel with 12 players (to South Korea). The reason we’re taking a player from another school is because Svi (Mykhailiuk) cannot go (because he is not U.S. citizen) and Brannen (Greene) is not able to compete because of his hip surgery so we’re down to really three perimeter players (Mason, Graham, Wayne Selden).

“With the addition of a potential recruit, if we’re able to do that, that would be four (6-5 LaGerald Vick who has committed to KU and is expected to be on the team once he makes official a reclassifying to the Class of 2015). Then we’re still a perimeter player short so I looked around.

“Of course with the relationship we have with Jank (Tim Jankovich, SMU assistant) and coach Brown (Larry, SMU head coach), they told us all along, ‘Hey if you need anybody, Nic would be a kid who would love to go.’ We get a chance to take arguably the most valuable player in the American Conference and a terrific kid. They (Mustangs) do a lot of the same things we do so he’ll be an easy blend for our guys.”

Pretty cool that the AAC's player of the year will be representing America this year at these games.

The tournament begins on July 3.

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