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.
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.
In other recruiting news, we’ve also added several class of 2013 recruiting profiles that are worth a glance. We’ll be updating the recruiting lists much more often this summer as AAU season heats up. Remember that all of our recruiting videos are archived on this page (with a handy search filter).
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.
- MaxPreps.com ranks Michigan’s 2011 recruiting class 15th in the nation and third in the Big Ten with Carlton Brundidge at 62, Burke at 80 and Bielfeldt at 100 – full top 100 here.
- 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.
- John Beilein was also out watching the usual suspects in Indiana, including Gary Harris and Zak Irvin. Indiana, Kansas State and Tennessee were among the other schools at that workout. He also stopped by Park Tudor to watch 2014 prospect Trevon Bluiett as well.
- Stephen Bell notes a few breakout performers from the Grand Rapids Storm Classic, a group which includes 2013 guards Denzel Watts and Lorenzo Bonam.
- Chris Jenkins starred at the Grand Rapids Storm Classic. The 2012 long swing man led the REACH Legends 17U team to the championship and was helped out by Sherron Dorsey-Walker who added 35 points in the finals.
- 2013 wing Steven Haney exploded for over 40 points on Saturday at the Grand Rapids Storm Classic before heading back to school to work out in front of several schools which reportedly included Michigan.
- City League Hoops put together a nice spring highlight mix of 2012 big man Mitch McGary.
- A couple relevant AAU tournaments this weekend include the King James Classic in Akron, which will feature several Michigan teams including the Mustangs, Team Detroit, Detroit Stars and ACB Hoops. There’s also the Spring Showdown in Merillvile which Joe Eberhardt previews from an Indiana perspective here and Chicago Hoops breaks at with a more national scope. We plan to have coverage from both venues.
Here’s a short video of Carlton Brundidge at the Under Armour All-Michigan Classic. The event featured almost all of Michigan’s top seniors and Brundidge’s team came away with the victory. Obviously the intensity level in these games isn’t the highest but Carlton showed off a little elevation and also sported a Michigan t-shirt in warmups. Thanks again to Michigan Prep Stars for supplying the video.
Michigan commitment Glenn “Trey” Robinson III helped the SYF Players to the Pitt Jam Fest 17U silver bracket championship. This 7-minute long scouting video features almost every play that Robinson was involved in during SYF’s first four games of the tournament (with a sequence of his best dunks replayed at the start).