In the mood for Moody? Local Dickinson athletes make waves in Division I basketball
Former Mr. Basketball for North Dakota, Annen Moody, had a career-high scoring performance in the Big Sky conference tournament.
DICKINSON — Annen Moody, Dickinson High School stand-out and North Dakota's Mr. Basketball for 2017, has made his mark on the collegiate level as a red shirt senior at the University of Montana. Moody recently led his team to a semifinal appearance in the Big Sky conference tournament, with a career-high of 28 points and an impressive shooting performance.
On Monday, Mar. 6, the Big Sky conference tournament quarterfinals pitted the No. 4 seeded University of Montana against the No. 5 seed Idaho State. As the day began for 6’3” point guard, Moody felt he would put on an apex performance.
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The red-shirt senior would do exactly that, scoring a career-high of 28 points, to help the Grizzlies cap off a semifinal appearance, defeating the Bengals 83-74. On the day, Moody was three assists away from a double-double, he went 4-for-9 from behind the perimeter line and shot 63.15 % from the field — a season high. The double-digit scoring was a collegiate career high for Moody, but he has been a standout figure well before then.
Dan Glasser, DHS head coach, witness the birth of Moody’s greatest, including being the 2017 North Dakota’s Mr. Basketball. The honor was bestowed upon Moody, who averaged 30.6 points his senior year at DHS and set a Class A career scoring record with 2,139 points.
“I’m just so proud of how much he has grown as a person, man, and husband,” Glasser said. “He continues to grind on the basketball court, but more importantly he has put his family first. He’s a great husband and father. And has really become a person kids can look up to. His perseverance on the court shows how much he loves the game and deserves all the accolades he is receiving for the time he has put in.”
DHS senior standout Alex Dvorak, broke Moody’s program record for most points in a single game of 56 points, with 58. Dvorak has always seen Moody as not only a mentor and role model, but a big brother in their shared love of basketball and have remained close ever since.
“What he was doing in high school was amazing, but I like to see my dawgs winning at the next level too,” Dvorak said. “ To go one and to keep doing their thing and be happy, not just what he is doing basketball wise, but his family. He has two kids, he is a great father and he is just doing a good job right now and I love seeing
The Grizzlies would end up falling to Northern Arizona University in the semifinals, but Moody's triumphs would not go unnoticed and was named to the Big Sky All-Tournament team and ended the regular season named to the All-Conference Second Team.
Whether its coming from a coach, a teammate or an All-Tournament Team Selection Committee, Moody have proved himself once again and even though he is over 650 miles away from his high school gymnasium, his influence to put the Dickinson's basketball community in a great moody.
“He has a wife, two kids and he is playing really good basketball," Dvorak said. “Its wild to see where life can take you."