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Morris Almond
Full Name: Morris Almond
Position: Guard
Height/Weight: 6-6 / 215
Birthdate: February 2 1985 (Dalton, Ga.)
High School: McEachern HS (Powder Springs, Ga.)
College: Rice
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Rice
Season G GS FGM FGA PCT FTM FTA PCT 3PM 3PA PCT REB AST STL BL PTS AVG
2003-04 30 0 56 123 .455 23 29 .793 10 36 .278 30 17 7 11 145 4.80
2004-05 31 0 84 160 .525 38 47 .809 18 39 .462 65 33 5 11 224 7.20
2005-06 28 24 224 448 .500 116 146 .795 48 108 .444 114 32 39 19 612 21.9
Totals 89 24 364 731 .498 177 222 .797 76 183 .415 180 82 51 41 981 11.0

An early entry candidate for the 2006 NBA Draft.

Career Highlights: Earned First Team All-Conference USA honors as a junior. Also named All-District by the NABC and USBWA. Participated for Team USA in the 2003 Global Games held in Dallas.

Junior (2005-06): Led Conference USA in scoring (21.9 ppg), while setting a league scoring record for conference games only (25.1 ppg). Also paced team and ranked 10th in the conference in rebounding (5.8 rpg). Scored 30 or more points six times, with a career-high 40 points vs. SMU. Exploded for 38 points vs. Texas Southern. Posted four double-doubles, including a 36-point, 10-rebound performance at Marshall. Recorded 33 points and 10 rebounds at Tulane. Tallied 24 points and a career-high 11 rebounds vs. Houston. Scored 17 points and pulled down six rebounds at Texas. Posted 25 points at Arkansas. Registered 28 points and seven rebounds in the Conference USA Tournament vs. SMU.

Sophomore (2004-05): Averaged 7.2 points and 2.1 rebounds in 13.6 minutes a contest. Led team in free throw shooting (.809). Scored in double figures 10 times, with a season-high 19 points vs. Rockhurst College. Shot 6-for-6 from the field (4-for-4 from beyond the three-point line) in scoring 18 points at Louisiana Tech. Recorded 17 points and a season-high six rebounds vs. UTEP. Tallied 14 points and a career-high seven assists vs. San Jose State. Scored 14 points vs. Missouri State in the opening round of the Postseason NIT.

Freshman (2003-04): Averaged 4.8 points and 1.0 rebounds in 10.0 minutes a contest. Scored in double figures five times, with a season-high 16 points vs. Tulsa and SMU. Sank three three-point shots on his way to 15 points at San Jose State. Posted 10 points in a win over Nevada. Recorded 13 points and two blocked shots vs. Navy.

Strengths: Knows how to work screens and is intelligent in finding ways to rid his defender without the ball. When he fights through a screen, curls or runs the baseline, he is ready to shoot as soon as he receives the ball and is balanced. Good rebounder for his size.

Personal: Has one brother. Was a high school teammate of Josh Smith of the Atlanta Hawks.