Randy Moss apparently will become the latest two-sport star.

The Minnesota Vikings star wide receiver, nicknamed "The Freak" for his awesome athleticism, is expected to join the Pennsylvania ValleyDawgs of the United States Basketball League on Tuesday.

A two-time high school basketball Player of the Year in West Virginia and three-time pro bowl selection in as many NFL seasons, Moss has flirted with the idea of playing professional basketball and apparently is closer than ever.

The ValleyDawgs' have not made an official announcement but said that the 24-year-old Moss will sign a contract and be in uniform for Thursday night's home game against the Long Island Surf.

Moss would become one of the few players in history to play professional football and basketball, although conflicting schedules prevent players from competing in the NFL and NBA at the same time.

In 1997, NFL defensive end Simeon Rice, who left the Arizona Cardinals to sign with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the offseason, played for the Philadelphia Power of the USBL.

In the days of the American Basketball League and later the National Basketball League, several Chicago Bears players served in reserve roles for the Chicago Bruins. Both teams were owned by George Hallas, one of the NFL's founders in the early 1930s.

More recently, New York Knicks guard Charlie Ward won the Heisman Trophy as quarterback at Florida State in 1993 but turned his back on the NFL.

The two most renown two-sport athletes are Deion Sanders and Bo Jackson, both of whom have played in the NFL and major leagues. Sanders is with the Cincinnati Reds after completing the 2000 football season with the Washington Redskins.

Other two-sport athletes include former television star Chuck Connors, Dave DeBusschere and Gene Conley, all of whom played in the major leagues and NBA.

Ironically, boxing great Roy Jones Jr., who once fought a bout and played in a pro basketball game in the same day, recently visited the ValleyDawgs, whose team office is located at 91 Larry Holmes Drive.

The USBL regular season runs from late April to the end of June, meaning Moss likely would play in only a handfull of games. The ValleyDawgs have six games between Thursday and June 4 -- the start of Vikings' mini camp.

A Vikings spokesman did not comment on Moss' basketball venture and said he expects "everyone" at both of the team's mini-camps from June 4-7 and June 11-13. Reporting day for training camp is July 29.

Dangerous with his speed and 6-4 frame, Moss is one of the best receivers in the NFL. In just three seasons, he has 226 catches for 4,163 yards and 43 touchdowns.

Moss played high school basketball with flashy Sacramento Kings guard Jason Williams.

Coached by former NBA center Darryl Dawkins, the ValleyDawgs are first in the Northern Division at 9-4.

The USBL began play in 1985.