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Moody named ND Boys Basketball Gatorade Player of the Year

Following a standout junior season, Dickinson High guard Aanen Moody on Thursday was named the 2015-16 North Dakota Boys Basketball Gatorade Player of the Year.

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Aanen Moody, left, drives during a game in this Press file photo. Moody was named the 2015-16 North Dakota Boys Basketball Gatorade Player of the Year on Thursday.

Following a standout junior season, Dickinson High guard Aanen Moody on Thursday was named the 2015-16 North Dakota Boys Basketball Gatorade Player of the Year.

“I was pretty excited about it,” Moody said when he heard the news. “The fact that I achieved a goal I had when I was a kid was pretty cool. The satisfaction I get from that was the best part of it.”

Moody is the third Midgets boys basketball player to win the award, joining Tate Kick (2006-07) and Dickinson’s all-time leading scorer Joe Hanstad (2008-09), according to a press release.

“It’s a pretty big deal in that it’s not grade-oriented, like the Mr. Basketball award,” Dickinson head coach Dan Glasser said. “The Gatorade player goes to the best player in the state, and I think that’s what makes it special for him.”

Moody led the state in scoring, at 33 per game, and added 5.8 assists and 3.4 assists per game while helping the Midgets (16-10) to the Class A state tournament for the first time since 2008.

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Moody was also named to the all-West Region team this season, along with the Class A state all-tournament team. Moody also surpassed 1,000 career points this season, and he now sits at 1,343 through three years, putting him well within reach of breaking A.J. Jacobson’s Class A career scoring record of 2,002.

Though Moody was not aware of other nominees for this specific award, Moody said he faced plenty of worthy competition this season, including Bismarck Century senior and Mr. Basketball candidate Dalton Feeney, Minot High guard KyJuan Johnson and Williston forward DeSean Eikens.

“It was tough to play against Dalton Feeney, KyJuan or DeSean,” Moody said. “It’s an honor to be in the same category as those guys because I know how hard they all work. The talent level in this state is on a level I’ve never seen before.”

The Gatorade Player of the Year program, in conjunction with USA TODAY, annually recognizes one winner in each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia that sanction high school football, girls volleyball, boys and girls cross country, boys and girls basketball, boys and girls soccer, baseball, softball, boys and girls track and field, along with one National Player of the Year in each sport.

“It’s nice to see all his hard work pay off for him. I see it every single day,” Glasser said. “Two days after the state tournament, he was back in the gym working on his game. It never stops.”

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