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Prospect Profile

Markieff Morris

  • Full Name: Markieff Morris
  • Position: Forward
  • Height/Weight: 6-10 / 245
  • Birthdate: September 2, 1989
  • College: Kansas
Phoenix Suns Round 1: Pick 13

Strengths:

  * Size
  * Handles all the blue-collar post game duties with consistent efficiency
  * Can shoot the 3-pointer with ease

Weaknesses:

  * Makes more than his share of turnovers
  * Ball skills not as advanced as those of twin brother Marcus Morris
  * Will have to learn to defend bigger, stronger players
 

NBA projection:
Like his brother, Morris will be chosen in the first round of the NBA Draft. He has the size and perimeter skills to be a perfect pick-and-pop four man.

2010-11 Season:
Morris wasn't quite as decorated as brother Marcus, but he still earned second-team All-Big 12 honors and a spot on the Big 12 All-Tournament team. He led Kansas in rebounding and was second in scoring.

Key statistics:
13.6 ppg, 8.3 rpg, 1.4 apg, 2.0 tpg, 1.1 bpg, 24.4 mpg, .589 FG, .424 3PT, .673 FT

Cool statistic:
This season, Morris led Kansas regulars in 3-point shooting percentage (25-of-59, .424 percent).

Reminds me of:
Drew Gooden

What Insiders Say:
Kansas coach Bill Self
"Kieff is different [from Marcus]. He's a low post presence. He didn't have the perimeter skill set that Marcus has. But he can stretch it, and he's a great passer like Marcus. He just doesn't put it down as well. He's not far behind. Everybody talks about Marcus, but Kieff's improvement has probably been more rapid from last year to this year."

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 15.6 60 134 .448 39 60 .650 4.4 1.0 0.4 0.7 162 4.6
2009-10 36 17.6 86 152 .566 61 98 .622 5.3 1.1 0.4 1.0 243 6.8
2010-11 38 24.4 195 331 .589 103 153 .673 8.3 1.4 0.8 1.1 518 13.6
Totals 109 19.3 341 617 .553 203 311 .653 6.1 1.2 0.6 0.9 923 8.5
Three-point field goals: 2008-09, 3-for-16 (.188); 2009-10, 10-for-19 (.526); 2010-11, 25-for-59 (.424). Totals: 38-for-94 (.404).

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