From SLU To Green Bay

Schools starts Tuesday at Wisconsin-Green Bay. For head coach Tod Kowalczyk, they'll be another jersey to stitch up with a new name on the back this year.

Brandon Morris was all set to begin classes this month at St. Louis. The standout junior college guard from Iowa Western signed with the Billikens last year.

He went through the entire school year thinking he was bound for Nellyville. After taking a summer school class and receiving a grade that wouldn't transfer, Morris did not get admitted into SLU.

"It's really tough especially when you sign in the fall and have your mind set on playing for St. Louis. You know the coaches and you're comfortable at the time."

Once the credit didn't transfer, Morris had to re-think his fall plans. "After I found out I wouldn't be able to go to St. Louis, my head coach from Iowa Western called and asked what I wanted to do. I told him I still wanted to play Division I. He made a call to a few people and word got out and schools started calling. "

It just so happened that Morris visited Wisconsin-Green Bay during his senior year of high school and was familiar with the place. Kowalczyk trailed him last summer before he signed with SLU. It didn't take long for him to warm up to the staff.

"I figured that it was the best situation for me and the head coach had a lot to do with it. He wanted to help me be successful in my academics and after basketball."

Morris can expect to receive ample playing time this season. He had a stellar juco campaign last year when he averaged 11 points and 6 assists.


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