#2 Marcus Morris
NBA Experience: 1
High School: APEX Academy (Pennsauken, NJ)
Birthdate: September 2, 1989
Birthplace: Philadelphia, PA
How Acquired: Drafted in the first round (14th overall) of the 2011 NBA Draft
In his first season with Houston, averaged 2.4 points and 0.9 rebounds in 17 games … was a DNP (CD) for 21 games (12/31/11; 2/20/12-2/28/12; 3/2/12-3/6/12; 3/10/12-3/13/12; 3/20/12; 3/24/12-3/27/12; 4/6/12; 4/9/12-4/13/12; 4/16/12-4/19/12) … placed on the inactive list for 28 games (1/3/12-2/19/12) … made his Rockets debut at Orlando (12/26/11) … assigned to Houston’s single-affiliation NBA D-League partner Rio Grande Valley on Jan. 3 … made his debut with the Vipers by posting 33 points (13-24 FG), 16 rebounds, five assists and two steals vs. Dakota (1/6/12) … suffered a right ankle sprain while with the Vipers, re-joining Rio Grande Valley on Feb. 3 after rehab … recalled from the Vipers on Feb. 20 … averaged 20.7 points, 8.3 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 1.27 steals in 11 games (nine starts) with Rio Grande Valley … collected four points (2-2 FT) and one rebound at the L.A. Clippers (3/17/12) … scored eight points (3-6 FG) vs. Golden State (3/22/12) … closed out his rookie season with seven points (3-10 FG), a season-best five boards, one steal and one block in 21:09 of action vs. New Orleans (4/26/12).
In the NBA
Played in three games with the Rockets in 2012 NBA Summer League.
In International Play
One of 20 college players chosen by USA Basketball to train against the USA Men’s National Team during the 2010 offseason.
A three-year starter at Kansas, finished his career 25th on the all-time KU scoring list (1,371 points), 16th all-time in rebounds (676), ninth in double-doubles (19) and 12th on the single-season scoring list (654 points in 2010-11) … also concluded his career tied for 12th all-time at KU with a .555 (508-916 FG) field goal percentage … selected the Big 12 Player of the Year and the Big 12 Championship Most Outstanding Player following a standout junior season … a Wooden Award Finalist and an Oscar Robertson Trophy finalist in 2010-11, added First-Team All-Big 12 accolades, as well as USBWA, NABC and AP All-America Second Team … averaged a team-leading 17.2 points and 7.6 rebounds in 2010-11, while finishing second in the Big 12 Conference in shooting percentage (.570 FG%, ranked 21st nationally) … as a sophomore, was chosen the 2009-10 Yahoo! Sports Most Improved Player and was selected to the Big 12 All-Improved Team by the media … also named All-Big 12 Second Team by the coaches in 2009-10 … in 2008-09, was a Big 12 All-Rookie Team selection after starting 22 games as a freshman … also led the Big 12 freshmen class in rebounding (4.7 rpg).
Born Marcus Morris on Sept. 2, 1989, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania … mother is Thomasine Morris … has four brothers, Donte, Blake, David and twin teammate at KU, Markieff … is just seven minutes younger than his twin brother … also chosen right after his twin in the 2011 NBA Draft (Markieff went 13th overall to Phoenix Suns) … Morris brothers were the third set of twins to be chosen in the first round of an NBA Draft, following Horace and Harvey Grant and Brook and Robin Lopez … Horace was the 10th overall pick of the Chicago Bulls in 1987, while Harvey went 12th to the Washington Bullets the next year … the New Jersey Nets chose Brook with the 10th pick in 2008, while Robin was selected just five spots later at 15 by the Phoenix Suns … majored in American studies at KU … voted “Most Likely to Succeed” in high school … averaged 24.8 points and eight rebounds in 2007-08 for APEX Academy (Pennsauken, NJ) … prior to APEX, led the Prep Charter High School Eagles to back-to-back State titles in 2006 and 2007.
An early entry candidate, selected by Houston after his junior season at Kansas with the 14th overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft … signed by the Rockets on Dec. 12, 2011.