Heavy hitters line up for Morgan

Albeit not a banner weekend for Morgan at the Pangos Camp, he did some very good things and reminded everyone why he's making a push for the national top 100.

Beginning with the EYBL circuit and his play for MoKan Elite, Juwan Morgan has been a steady and hard-working performer. He's a touch small for the post at 6-7, but he's fluid and aggressive around the glass, making up for slightly lacking size.

People typically associate undersized four-men with extreme athleticism or a bull in the china shop mentality, but Morgan is neither of those things. He's athletic and scrappy but not ultra-physical nor a jump-out-of-the-gym leaper. He certainly could slot into an uptempo system, but he also could flourish as a designated finisher and offensive rebounder for a team that prefers to grind it out.

As it is, he projects as a player who will fill several different roles for a team, both on offense and defense. He's big enough to defend most power forwards inside — and few teams feature two interior scorers, anyway — yet mobile enough to become an outstanding pick and roll defender as well.

On offense, he scores well around the glass and anticipates well, eluding shotblockers in the process. He averages a relatively modest 11 points per game for MoKan but shoots 69 percent (!) from the field. He sticks to what he knows and plays an intelligent style of basketball, one reason his squad has been successful this spring and summer.

Major conference and Ivy League schools alike are in pursuit

His intelligent play doesn't surprise, given that he has several elite academic schools on his college list.

"Creighton, Missouri State, Harvard, Princeton, Vanderbilt, Penn, Xavier, Northwestern and Cal are some of my offers," Morgan said. "Kansas State has offered, too, and Arkansas is interested but hasn't offered yet."

Morgan's style, in his mind, is clear.

"I like to get out and outrun other bigs," Morgan said. "Coaches say I have a high motor and that on defense I box out my man."

The situation is beginning percolate further as July approaches. Morgan believes a blueblood program may be on the verge of offering soon.

"Indiana just started recruiting me and my coach thinks they will offer," he said. "I'm going to start taking visits at the end of July and commit and sign before November."

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