Arkansas Stays In Chase For Morgan

Arkansas head coach Mike Anderson and assistant Melvin Watkins are front and center as power forward target Juwan Morgan (6-8, 220) pours in 18 points, grabs 8 rebounds and has 6 steals while leading his Mokan Elite to a win Friday morning at the Nike Peach Jam.

NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. - With Juwan Morgan leading the way, Mokan Elite finally got its Nike Peach Jam ship righted on Friday morning.

Morgan, with Arkansas head coach Mike Anderson and assistant Melvin Watkins looking on, poured in 18 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and had 6 steals to lead his team to a 58-43 over Team Scan in pool action.

Morgan (6-8, 220) – a Waynesville, Mo., standout - did so despite battling foul trouble and eventually exiting because of it as his team won its first game in three outings here so far.

“We haven't been shooting the ball well, but this is everybody's first time here at the Peach Jam except for me,” Morgan said. “They have been too nervous and thinking too much and not just shooting. We spend so many hours in the gym making shots. Today we didn't think, we just shot and it went well.”

Morgan has a plethora of offers from Arkansas, Indiana, Washington, Missouri, Vanderbilt, Illinois, Kansas State, Wake Forest, Iowa, Creighton, California, Missouri State and UTEP.

He knows of two official visits for sure – Washington and Indiana – and has not discounted the idea of going to an Ivy League school with Princeton and Harvard possibilities.

“I already have for sure Washington and Indiana,” Morgan said. “The other three are still up for any school...An Arkansas visit is very likely, just not definite yet. I will be setting those up very early in August.”

Arkansas offered last month after having Morgan on its campus for an unofficial visit.

“They are still very high with me just because of my relationship with Coach Anderson,” Morgan said. “I have known him since my freshman year when I played at their Elite Camp. Every since they have been able to talk to us, he's just been a great guy and the whole staff has been great. I get along well with all the coaches there.”

He talked about what factors will go into his decision.

“Academics, how family-orientated the team is, the relationship between the staff and the players and then the players among themselves,” Morgan said.

Malik “Shake” Milton – a 6-1 shooting guard and Morgan's Mokan Elite teammate – also has an offer from Indiana and the pair have talked about playing together as Hoosiers.

“But it's about us making the best decision for each of us,” Morgan said.

Morgan showed off his versatility during the contest with a variety of offensive moves and the defense, which produced the six steals.

“I see myself as a stretch forward most likely (in college),” Morgan said. “I want to have that versatility where I can guard and play more than one position.”

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