At this point it’s probably fair to say that Morris is genuinely conflicted. By not hiring an agent at this point, Morris will be able to garner as much feedback as possible and leave his options open until the May 8th withdrawal date.
By Dylan Burkhardt | Uncategorized | Posted on April 21, 2011 at 5:44 pm
Darius Morris filed paper work to enter his name in the 2011 NBA Draft without hiring an agent. Here’s the full University of Michigan Release:
University of Michigan sophomore guard Darius Morris(Los Angeles, Calif./Windward HS) has submitted the necessary paperwork to declare for the 2011 National Basketball Association (NBA) Draft, but has opted not to hire an agent at this time.
Morris is eligible to return to Michigan for his junior season if he withdraws his name from draft consideration before the May 8 deadline.
“All my life it has been a goal of mine to play in the NBA and I am blessed to have the opportunity to take this step towards that dream,” said Morris. “I look forward to going through this process with the potential of playing at the next level.”
“This is the next step in gathering as much information as possible to assist Darius in making an educated decision,” said U-M head coach John Beilein. “As Darius considers his options we will continue to support him in every way we can throughout the process.”
Morris, who was an All-Big Ten third team selection by both the coaches and media, helped the Wolverines to a 21-14 record and a trip to the NCAA Tournament third round. He recorded the largest margin of improvement in scoring in the Big Ten, jumping from 4.4 points per game as a freshman to a team-best 15.0 per game this past season.
By Dylan Burkhardt | Recruits | Posted on April 21, 2011 at 8:34 am
Flint Beecher point guard Monte Morris has emerged as one of the top 2013 prospects in the state of Michigan. The jet quick floor general has led Team Detroit to gold division championships at both the Motown Showdown and Grand Rapids Storm Classic. Michigan Prep Stars compiled some footage of Morris during the first two AAU tournaments of the spring.
When Darius Morris committed to Michigan he was arguably the highest rated commitment that John Beilein had landed during his coaching career. Beilein spent a significant amount of time recruiting the California native after prioritizing him early in the process. In many ways, Morris’s commitment helped alleviate concerns regarding Beilein’s recruiting, as he was clearly a different level of prospect than Zack Novak, Stu Douglass, Ben Cronin and Jordan Morgan. Morris’s commitment was a recruiting statement and fans expected an immediate impact.
After being touted as the future of the program before setting foot in Ann Arbor, Morris’s freshman season was a disappointment. He turned the ball over, shot poorly from the perimeter and looked nothing like a top 100 player. He never looked comfortable on either end of the court and was the least efficient offensive player that played major minutes in a season that went horribly wrong from the get-go.
The Darius Morris that we saw this season was a completely different player. Whether it was the workouts with John Wall back home in California, long hours working on his jump shot, or just feeling more comfortable in his role, Morris was easily one of the top five most improved players in the country. He seized control of the Michigan offense. Not just by taking and making big shots but also setting up his teammates. From game 1 to game 35, this was Darius Morris’s show.
NBE Basketball’s Ray Mernagh raved about Glenn Robinson III saying, “I did not recognize Glenn “Trey” Robinson when compared to the skinny kid I watched last summer …. A superb athlete already, Michigan is getting one helluva basketball player in Big Dog’s kid.” Click through for much more.
The question for 2013 prospects has stretched well into Illinois as Michigan was in to watch three Illinois kids this week: Jalen James (tweet), Malcolm Hill Jr. (Rivals $) and David Cohn (tweet). We’ll be working to watch all of these kids on the AAU circuit this summer.