By Thomas Sellers Jr.
The name Matt Moody will be a part of Tipton-Rosemark Academy Rebel Basketball history for years to come.
On Dec. 2, 2013, Moody made sure he left his mark becoming the third player in school history to reach 1,000-point mark for a career. When Moody dropped his second to last field goal against Westminister in Memphis he joined Lady Rebel Julanne McCommon and his brother JT Moody.
“It felt good to know I accomplished it,” Matt said. “It felt good to get that off my back. It felt really good because it’s something I worked for, for a while now.”
Since joining the Rebels varsity team his freshman year, Moody has contributed on the offensive end. For two year Moody had a chance to play along side his brother JT. The elder Moody reached the benchmark midway through his senior season.
During Matt’s first two seasons he could be spotted in the bleachers prior to the Rebels’ game watching the Lady Rebels and McCommon doing her thing. The 2012 Millington Star Female Athlete of the Year was the leader in points and assists for her teams.
Matt said one thing links all three players together.
“You have to bring it every night,” he said. “You’ve got to have teammates who want to get you the ball. And it just happens.”
Some of the players who helped JT reach 1,000 points assisted Matt along his journey. The younger Moody said credit is shared with all his coaches and teammates over the years like Connor and Cale Alexander, Nick Biggs, Austin Chambers, Kevin Sansom and underclassman Johnie Sanfratello.
Those teammates worked within the offense of Head Coach Jason Morgan. The leader of the Rebels designed plays to utilize the skills of ability of Matt “Moose” Moody.
“He pushed me in the weight room and obviously on the court,” Moody recalled. “He put me in good positions on the court and ran sets designed to get me the ball.”
Morgan said Moody is a class act on and off the court. The coach said Moody is a physical force in the paint with great leaping ability and a soft shooting touch.
All those attributes helped Moody be the quickest in school history to reach 1,000.
“I think I actually got there faster,” he said in comparison to his brother. “I beat him by a month and half or so. He’s proud of me.”
Matt is proud of his big brother who now is a player on the Christian Brothers University Bucs. JT, No. 31 for the Bucs, has taken on competition like the nationally ranked Memphis Tigers and will play in the Gulf South Conference this season.
No matter what JT does in college and what the future holds for Matt, the Moody brothers have left their mark on the TRA program. Their names will be on the 1,000-point banner for years to come.
“It’s good to look at the banner forever with him and me both being up there,” Matt concluded. “It just makes me happy to see it.”