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Markieff Morris

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2011-12 season: Following his first NBA season, was a member of the Suns’ 2012 Las Vegas Summer League Squad, where he averaged a team-best 19.8 points, team-leading 9.8 rebounds and team-best 2.0 blocks while starting all five games… Originally selected by the Suns with the 13th overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft, compiled rookie season averages of 7.4 points, 4.4 rebounds, 0.67 blocks and 0.65 steals in 19.5 minutes in 63 games (seven starts)… Selected to play in 2012 Rising Stars Challenge at NBA All-Star Weekend in Orlando… Just the seventh Sun in franchise history selected to play in the game, joining Wesley Person (1995), Trevor Ruffin (1995), Michael Finley (1996), Steve Nash (1997), Shawn Marion (2001), Amar’e Stoudemire (2003)… Six of the other eight Rising Stars selections were top-nine picks… 7.4-point scoring average was the best by a Suns rookie since Leandro Barbosa in 2003-04… 4.4-rebound average was the best by a Suns rookie since Amar’e Stoudemire in 2002-03… One of six 2012 rookies to average at least seven points and four rebounds (Faried, T. Thompson, Leonard, Parsons, D. Williams)… Among rookies that reached the qualifying statistical minimums, ranked 11th in scoring (15th overall), sixth in rebounding (9th) and fourth in blocks (7th)… Shot 34.7 percent from three-point range, seventh among rookies… Despite shortened schedule, tallied 22 double-digit scoring efforts, the most by a Suns rookie since Barbosa in 2003-04 (24)… Reached double figures in nine of his final 22 games after doing so 13 times in his first 41 contests… Two 20-point efforts, including his first career 20-point game on Feb. 14, the first by a Suns rookie since Barbosa…Two double-digit rebounding efforts, including a career-high 11 boards on Jan. 23 at Dallas… One double-double came Jan. 8 (eighth game), the earliest in a career by a Suns rookie since Shawn Marion (first game, 1999)… Scored 16 points in his fifth game (Jan. 2), the earliest such scoring output by a Suns rookie since Shawn Marion (second game, 1999)… Dec. 31-Jan. 2, became the first Suns rookie with consecutive 15-point efforts since Barbosa (April 11-13, 2004)… First Suns rookie with multiple double-digit scoring efforts in first five games since Stoudemire (Oct. 30-Nov. 1, 2002)… Grabbed nine rebounds in his NBA debut Dec. 26 vs. New Orleans, one shy of becoming just the third Sun in franchise history to record double-digit boards in his first career game (Marion-1999, Alvan Adams-1975)… Made seven starts (Jan. 17-27, April 24-25) and in those opportunities averaged 4.1 points, 4.3 rebounds and 19.9 minutes… As a reserve, averaged 7.8 points, 4.4 rebounds and 19.5 minutes in 56 contests… Did not miss a game due to injury; missed two games due to the flu (March 28, April 1) (1-1).

College: Three-year performer at the University of Kansas named All-Big 12 Second Team, Honorable Mention AP All-American and Big 12 Championship All-Tournament Team as a junior in 2010-11… Improved scoring, rebounding and field goal percentage in all three collegiate seasons and finished with career averages of 8.5 points, 6.1 rebounds and 55.3-percent field goal shooting in 109 career games (44 starts)… Averaged career-highs of 13.6 points, 8.3 rebounds, and 58.9-percent shooting from the field as a junior… Led Big 12 in rebounds as a junior, and led the conference with 13 doubledoubles, the ninth-best single-season total in school history… Tallied double-digit rebounds in a team-best and single-season career-high 15 games in 2010-11… Career 55.3-percent shooter connected on a career-high 58.9 percent as a junior, the top mark in the Big 12 and the 12th-best in the nation… Power forward shot 40.4 percent from three-point range for his career, including a 25-of-59 (.424) mark as a junior.

Personal: Born in Philadelphia, Penn… Son of Thomasine Morris… Has four brothers, Donte, Blake, David and twin brother Marcus… Marcus, a teammate at Kansas, was selected immediately after him in the 2011 NBA Draft (14th overall by the Houston Rockets)… Seven minutes older than Marcus and an inch taller… Third set of twins in NBA history each drafted in the first round, joining teammate Robin Lopez and brother Brook (2008), and Horace and Harvey Grant (1987)… While at Kansas, was tutored by former Sun Danny Manning, who was coached at Kansas by Suns Head Coach Alvin Gentry, a Jayhawk assistant in 1988 when Manning led the Jayhawks to a national title... Played football through 10th grade but switched to basketball after his mom told him he was too tall for football… Played wide receiver growing up, emulating Michael Irvin and Jerry Rice… Grew up a fan of Irvin and the Dallas Cowboys, was frequently at odds with brother Marcus, who is a supporter of the hometown Philadelphia Eagles… Modeled his basketball game after Rasheed Wallace… Majored in American studies... As a high school junior and senior, won state titles with Philadelphia Prep Charter in 2006 and 2007… Named his team’s best defender three-straight years (2005-2007) and best rebounder in consecutive seasons (2005-2006)… He, Marcus, and former Kansas teammate and projected 2012 lottery pick Thomas Robinson have the words “Family Over Everything” tattooed on their left biceps and include “FOE” at the end of most Tweets… @KansasTwin21.
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