Hawks Sign Randolph Morris To Contract
HAWKS SIGN FREE AGENT CENTER RANDOLPH MORRIS
Local product returns to play for the home team, add depth to frontline
ATLANTA, GA (July 30, 2008) --
The Atlanta Hawks have signed free agent
center Randolph Morris to a contract, it was announced today by
General Manager Rick Sund. Per team policy, terms of the
agreement were not disclosed.
"Randolph's signing gives us additional size and depth along the
frontline, with Al Horford and Zaza Pachulia," said Sund. "He
has the opportunity to grow as a player and we look forward to
assisting with his future development as an NBA player."
Morris, a 6-11, 260-pound big man from Atlanta's Landmark
Christian High School, saw limited action in two NBA seasons
with the New York Knicks after entering the league as a free
agent from Kentucky in 2005. In 23 career games in New York, he
averaged 2.6 points and 2.0 rebounds in 10 minutes of action. He
played in 18 contests a year ago (with two starts) and recorded
3.1 ppg and 2.1 rpg (.362 FG%). He tallied career highs of eight
points in two games in 2007-08, once against the Hawks on March
"We can certainly use a player like Randolph, whose addition
will give us much need depth at the center position," said
Woodson. "We like what we saw of him during our summer league
workouts, and we believe he will continue to develop his skills
to become a talented player in our league."
Prior to becoming the first player in NBA history to go from the
NCAA tournament to the NBA in the same week - a five-day span -
Morris declared his eligibility for the 2005 NBA Draft following
his freshman year at Kentucky, but did not sign with an agent.
After he went undrafted and decided to attempt a return to
Kentucky, the NCAA forced him to sit out the first 14 games of
his sophomore season (2005-06).
At the same time, the NBA's Collective Bargaining Agreement
prohibited him from re-entering the Draft, giving Morris free
agent status throughout his 2006-07 (junior) season with the
Wildcats. As a collegian, he finished with 12.6 points and 6.0
rebounds, and shot .578 (FGs) over 23.6 minutes in 89 games
(with 79 starts) in three seasons for Tubby Smith, as Kentucky
went to the NCAA Tournament in each of his three years. His best
campaign came in that final season when he recorded career-highs
of 16.1 points, 7.8 rebounds and 2.1 blocks while shooting .592
in 34 games.
Named to the 2004 McDonald's All-America Team after a standout
senior season at Landmark Christian HS in Atlanta, Morris was an
AAU teammate of current Hawks forward Josh Smith and Orlando
center Dwight Howard on the Atlanta Celtics squad that won the
2003 title. He was born January 2, 1986 in Houston, TX.