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Prospect Profile

Marcus Morris

  • Full Name: Marcus Morris
  • Position: Forward
  • Height/Weight: 6-9 / 235
  • Birthdate: September 2, 1989
  • College: Kansas
Houston Rockets Round 1: Pick 14

Strengths:

  * Great face-up game with consistent range to 17 feet
  * Can make 3-pointers
  * Excellent ball skills
  * Effective turn-around jumper

Weaknesses:

  * What's his true position?
  * Good but not great athlete
  * Defense needs work
 

NBA projection:
Morris is considered a mid-first round pick. His size and perimeter skills will help him at the next level, but he’ll also have to figure out who he can guard. Is he powerful enough to bang with four men, or athletic enough to contain elite three men?

2010-11 Season:
Morris will need to clear off some space in his trophy room after this season, during which he was chosen a consensus second-team All-America, first-team All-Big 12 and the Big 12 Player of the Year and the Most Outstanding Player of the Big 12 Tournament.

Key statistics:
17.2 ppg, 7.6 rpg, 1.6 apg, 1.7 tpg, 0.8 spg, 28.3 mpg, .570 FG, .342 3PT, .688 FT

Cool statistic:
Morris led Kansas in every statistical category in at least one game in 2010-11.

Reminds me of:
Al Harrington

What Insiders Say:
Kansas coach Bill Self
"He's the most complete player I've ever coached. He can do more things on the basketball court than anybody I've ever been around. He's 6-8. He can post. He can score over the shoulder. He can face. He can drive it. He's a great passer. He can stretch it. He can slide. I mean, he is a complete basketball player."

What Outsiders Say:
Illinois coach Bruce Weber
"The thing I'm impressed from last year to this year, their shooting -- their ability to go out on the court -- it spreads the defenses so much more. It makes it tougher to guard both of them now, because if you don't guard them at the three-point line, they're going to make shots. Maybe last year you could sag off a little bit and help inside on each one of those guys. So they've continued to improve. They're warriors. They play hard."

Chris Dortch is the editor of the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook.

 

Kansas
Season G MPG FGM FGA PCT FTM FTA PCT RPG APG SPG BPG PTS AVG
2008-09 35 18.5 94 190 .495 64 106 .604 4.7 1.1 1.0 0.3 258 7.4
2009-10 36 24.7 174 305 .570 99 150 .660 6.1 1.0 0.9 0.3 459 12.8
2010-11 38 28.3 240 421 .570 148 215 .688 7.6 1.6 0.8 0.6 654 17.2
Totals 109 24.0 508 916 .555 311 471 .660 6.2 1.3 0.9 0.4 1371 12.6
Three-point field goals: 2008-09, 6-for-15 (.400); 2009-10, 12-for-32 (.375); 2010-11, 26-for-76 (.342). Totals: 44-for-123 (.358).

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