2006 Focus: Raymar Morgan

Raymar Morgan, not unlike his favorite player, opted to give up football and focus solely on basketball. So far, so good for the Canton McKinley (Ohio) junior forward.

Most kids would say they are averaging 20 points and 10 rebounds despite actually being a slither shy at 19.9 points and 9.9 boards. Not Raymar Morgan.

The Canton McKinley (Ohio) 6-7, 210-pound junior is modest and prefers to let his play do his talking.

So far, he's done an impressive job – leading his team to an 18-1 record with one final regular-season game remaining Friday.

Morgan plays both forward spots in high school, but will likely be more of a small forward in college because of his athleticism and ballhandling skills. He realizes that in order to successfully make the transition he'll need to become a more consistent shooter from the perimeter.

It's no surprise that Morgan's favorite NBA player is LeBron James, since the pair played for the same AAU program growing up – and Morgan now plays for the King James Shooting Stars, which is sponsored by the NBA star.

Not unlike James, Morgan also gave up football to focus solely on the hardwood. Morgan was a wide receiver/safety before giving up football after last season.

``I like football, but I thought basketball is what's going to get me to the next level," Morgan said.

Morgan said that there is no leader in the recruiting process, but he did rattle off a few schools he's considering – Michigan State, UConn, Syracuse, Ohio State, Cincinnati, Michigan, Georgia Tech, Illinois, Miami, Florida and Texas.

One of the most important factors for Morgan, who has a 3.5 GPA, will certainly be academics.

``I don't have any leaders yet," Morgan. "I'm just trying to get more information before I make a decision."

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