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LAWRENCE, Kan. (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — SMU guard Nic Moore will join the Kansas basketball program to represent the U.S. as the World University Games in South Korea later this summer.

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The Jayhawks are unable to include Svi Mykhailiuk on their roster because he is from Ukraine, and fellow guard Brannen Greene recently had hip surgery. So with a depleted backcourt, coach Bill Self reached out to his former mentor Larry Brown for help.

Brown, now the coach at SMU, said Moore would love to play. The reigning American Athletic Conference player of the year averaged 14.5 points and 5.1 assists last year. He was also named AP All-America Honorable Mention.

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“Coach Larry Brown and Coach Tim Jankovich told me I would have the opportunity go with Kansas to represent the USA and go overseas and play,” Moore said. “I’ve never been overseas to experience that, but the opportunity to be able to play with a great program and to represent the USA, that’s a big accomplishment and feels great.”

Part of the reason Moore makes sense is SMU runs a system similar to Kansas, making it easier to incorporate him into the roster.

The tournament begins July 3 in Gwangu, South Korea and runs through July 14. The USA National Team will be joined in Pool D by Serbia, Brazil, Turkey, Chile and Switzerland.

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