Andre Morgan: Finally Healthy

Andre Morgan doesn't like to make excuses, but a pair of injuries - one during his junior season and the other at the Kingwood Classic in April - have hampered his ability to show coaches what he can really do.

Andre Morgan isn't the only one who feels he's been under-recruited.

``He's a sleeper right now," Buford High (Ga.) coach Milt Travis said. "He was injured last year as a junior and still averaged 17 points and 11 rebounds even though he only played part-time."

Morgan, a 6-4, 180-pound shooting guard, had a torn tendon in his foot that hampered the amount he played as a junior. Then back spasms in the second game of the Kingwood Classic in April forced him to the sideline for nearly two months.

He returned just in time for the adidas Superstar Camp, where he was still ironing off the rust that had developed from two months on the shelf. What followed was an impressive adidas Showtime Tournament in which he earned all-tournament honors for his play.

Morgan excelled at the Super 64, displaying an accurate long-range shot and his trademark in-your-face defense and intensity.

``I feel that I have an effective mid-range game and I believe it's nearly automatic every time I pull up from mid range," Morgan said. "I've been working hard on extending my range beyond the three-point line and it's gotten a lot more consistent."

Now, Morgan, who has a 2.9 GPA and scored an 860 on the SAT, will take a pair of official visits to Toledo and Eastern Illinois and no offense to those two schools, but he'd like to go at a higher level. Schools like Auburn and Georgia Tech have expressed interest, but said they need to see more of him during his senior campaign.

Part of the problem was that Morgan opted to play for the second Atlanta Celtics squad instead of the more high-profile one because his father, former college coach George Morgan, was coaching the second team.

``He didn't have the ability to hit the outside jumper in the past, but he's really worked hard on that and it's improved a lot," Travis added. "He's a great athlete whose very intense and has a tremendous upside."

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