Monte’
Morris
Position: PG
Height/Weight: 6'3" / 175 lbs
School/Club: Iowa State
Status: Senior
Birthday: June 27, 1995

About Monte’ Morris

Though he wasn’t listed among the five finalists for the Bob Cousy Award, given annually to the nation’s top point guard, there are plenty of people in and around the Iowa State program who think Morris was the best point guard in the country. While that belief was open for debate, a strong case could be made that he was the best lead guard in Iowa State history. The program records he left behind at Iowa State support that: 768 assists, 225 steals, 140 games played, 100 victories and an unreal assist-to-turnover ratio (see below).

Strengths

  • Seldom makes turnovers
  • Great leader
  • Rebounds his position
  • Solid 3-point shooter
  • Good free-throw shooter
  • Gets to a lot of steals

Weaknesses

  • Needs to get stronger
  • Can he defend at the next level?

NBA projection: Morris has been projected as a second-round draft pick.

2016-17 Season
Morris earned first-team All-Big 12, All-American and Big 12 tournament MVP honors after leading the Cyclones to their third league tournament title in four years and a trip to the NCAA tournament, where he averaged 18.5 points, 8.5 assists and 6.0 rebounds in two games.

Key statistics: 16.4 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 6.2 apg, 1.2 tpg, 1.5 spg, 35.3 mpg, .465 FG, .378 3PT, .802 FT

Cool statistic: Morris is the NCAA’s all-time, all-classification leader in assist-to-turnover ratio (4.65).

Reminds me of: Trey Burke

What Insiders Say
Iowa State coach Steve Prohm

“He's the best point guard in the country. He's a winner. He won in high school. He's kept Iowa State—really brought Iowa State basketball to being relevant and being a national program. He's been an integral part of that.”

What Outsiders Say
Nevada coach Eric Musselman

“Great court vision, really unselfish, makes other players around him better, creates steals defensively. Can knock down the 3 ball. Excellent splitting pick-and-rolls. He's got the whole package. Rebounds for his position. He's got a really bright future because of he's able to do so many things well.”

 

Chris Dortch is the editor of the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook. You can email him here, follow him on Twitter and listen to the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Hour.

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