Morris Emerging as Top Target

Lithonia (GA) Miller Grove standout Brandon Morris has five schools piquing his interest at the moment, but others are definitely still on the radar.

At Lithonia (GA) Miller Grove High School, Tony Parker is the one who attracts the majority of the attention, but Brandon Morris is also opening eyes. The highly athletic combo forward is improving on his skill set and college coaches are taking notice.

"He's trying to get past the perception that he is just an athlete," said Morris' AAU coach Anthony Hardnett. "He is trying to step beyond that. His development is that I can put him at point guard at times because most guys that play the three or the four can't stay with him."

For Hardnett he likes the versatility that Morris can bring. With his size he feels that along with being an excellent defender, Morris can also be a matchup problem.

"His athleticism helps out defensively where he is a lockdown type of guy, but I think his ability to put the ball on the floor is what separates him from everybody else," said Hardnett.

On the recruiting trail, Morris is garnering a significant amount of attention. Almost the entire SEC and ACC are after him, and Morris is taking a close look at several schools.

"He gave me like a top five, which is a rotating carousel. His top five is Florida, Georgia, Auburn, Clemson, and Florida State," said Hardnett. "Those are pretty much his top five, but every time he gives me a top five it will be different."

Hardnett continued, "There are a number of teams still in the mix if I ask him about Missouri or Alabama he will also light up, so it is just a rotating carousel with Brandon."

For now Morris is in no hurry to rush into a decision. He wants to check out all the pros and cons of a school before making a final decision. Instead his focus is on getting better on the floor, and according to Hardnett that means getting more aggressive on the offensive end.

"Brandon would prefer to be a guy who facilitates and gets everybody else going, but now he is learning to be more aggressive and to look for his own offense," said Hardnett.

At 6-foot-7 and around 195 pounds, Morris is just beginning to fill out, and once he does with his athleticism no doubt he will be one of the more heavily recruited players out of the Atlanta area.

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