Former Hoosier A.J. Moye suffers stroke

  • 11/18/2010 11:03 am in

CHICAGO - MARCH 15: A.J. Moye #2 of the Indiana University Hoosiers scores while under pressure from Brian Cook #34 of the University of Illinois Fighting Illini during the Big Ten men's Basketball Tournament at the United Center on March 15, 2003 in Chicago, Illinois. Illinois defeated Indiana 73-72. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) Former Hoosier and fan favorite A.J. Moye, who’s playing for the Deutsche Bank Skyliners in Germany this year, suffered a stroke Tuesday.

Some details from Eurobasket:

On Monday, Moye and another player collided with their heads, but the two players were able to continue to practice. On Monday night, the step father of Moye spoke with his step son and noticed that he had problems speaking. On Tuesday at the morning shoot around before the Eurochallenge game against Maccabi Haifa, there was abnormal behavior detected with the Los Angeles native. As his behavior got more intense, Moye was brought to a Frankfurt hospital. At the hospital his condition worsened. The diagnosis that Moye had a stroke has been confirmed in the hospital. Further diagnosis about his recovery and therapy can not be determined at the present moment.

Awful, tragic news. Our thoughts are with Moye and his family, and we hope after his recovery he’s able to again play the sport he loves at a high level.

(Via Peegs.)

Update: A couple of encouraging tweets to mention. First from JMV:

from reps of former IU player AJ Moye in Germany.After suffering a stroke he is doing well and full recovery is expected. Great news.

And from Hugh Kellenberger:

A.J. Moye is in good spirits and is showing no signs of paralysis or loss of motor skills, his agent, Aaron Smith, said.

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  • Anonymous

    I was in a similar position. I was on the living room floor, on my knees, face down on the carpet. I don’t remember if I was muttering or not, but my wife (not really a basketball fan,) was sitting on the couch and thought something was seriously wrong with me. It was just a surreal feeling.

    There has been great progress in combating strokes in recent years—I only hope they were able to administer medicine early enough to do the job.

  • MillaRed

    I just saw a story that said he is doing very well and they expect a full
    recovery.

  • IUMIKE1

    First things first, get well soon A J the Hoosier Nation is thinking and pulling for your complete and speedy recovery.

    Thanks for the link. Nice to revisit good times from the past. Especially since we done it on that floor. Now I am so ready to get started making some new ones to look back and enjoy down the road not too far.

    I don’t see how any real IU bball fan would need it, but if there is any, this clip should remind them just how much A J Moye meant not only to that team but to IU bball overall and exactly why everyone should be pulling for him to make a speedy and full recovery.

    WE LOVE YOU A J AND WILL NEVER FORGET YOU !! GET WELL SOON

    I’m sure Mr. Boozer will never forget him either. Probably wakes up at night some times in a cold sweat after dreaming that one of the teams in his division just signed A J. LOL

  • Old Sports Dude

    Godspeed to A.J. I wish him a full recovery. The dpeth of how ell he was loved by Hoosier Nation is evident in the 53 comments on a player who graduated 6 years ago. Most players gone that long are easily forgotten but not A.J. He had such a great spirit and enthusiasm for the game. I am glad so many people care for him.

  • millzy32

    Once a Hoosier always a Hoosier my prayers go out to AJ and his family for a full recovery.

  • Anonymous

    He’s from Georgia, and was a stud football and basketball player down there. There’s a great (read: totally unconfirmed) story about his recruitment, when Coach Knight went down there, and AJ walked into the gym after football practice, still in pads, picked up a ball and two-hand tomahawked it.

    As you can tell from my avatar, one of my favorite players ever. Scary to hear that a guy so young had a stroke, but it’s phenomenal that he’s not showing any long-term effects right now.

  • Bleeding Crimson

    Well said. Could you imagine how good an IU team would be if each and every player had AJ’s attitude! WOW. I do think we are starting to get them again, look at VO another AJ in the making.

  • Anonymous

    thanks – going to have to use that as my desktop image

  • Theproudesthoosier

    I was there. Rupp Arena went into a frenzy. I still get chills over that night.

  • obat

    What a GREAT idea! That would send some serious goosebumps up the spines of many people watching at home!

  • MillaRed

    Nice. I imagine you had a nice evening that night. We do no’t break Duke’s
    heart very often. I was at The Kohl Center when the Badgers knocked em off
    last year or the year before. It was quite electric in there.

  • Kari_tyler

    A J MOYE!! That chant! He brought so much energy into the game. Undersized but always played big.

  • Anonymous

    It’s also a good indicator of why the NFL has become so vigilant on helmet-to-helmet contact.

    Was AJ Coach Knight’s last signee? I know he never got the chance to play for him, but he did sign to do so.

  • Anonymous

    It was evident pretty early, too. I remember an interview with him on one of the Louisville stations before he’d ever played a game, (and maybe before he’d even actually enrolled,) and Bob Domine (the local sportscaster,) said, “IU fans are going to fall in love with this kid.”

  • Jack in Seattle

    Thanks for posting this. I’ve been looking for footage of that block for a while now!

  • Jack in Seattle

    Yep, the whole player name chant started with AJ. And no one deserved it more. Glad to say I was there for his first year at IU.