Morningstar Likely Headed Prep

Brady Morningstar's grades are fine - and he's got offers from some pretty good mid-major schools. However, his dream has always been to play at the highest level, so he's prepared to spend a year in the prep ranks to achieve that goal.

Brady Morningstar could probably have his pick of mid-major schools right now. Creighton, Wichita State – well, you get the point.

No offense to the Creighton's and Wichita State's of the world, but the 6-foot-3, 165-pound senior at Lawrence Free State (Kan.) is looking to go higher.

It wasn't all that long ago that Morningstar was a 5-10 spot-up guy from the perimeter who gave Free State a three-point weapon to compliment 6-9 Keith Wooden. However, Morningstar has grown five inches since and has turned himself into a drive-first combo guard who makes his teammates better.

He put up 19 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists per game this season and led the Firebirds to a 19-4 mark, the most wins in school history.

Despite his success, Morningstar realizes that a year at a prep school (he's considering Winchendon and Blair Academy) will give him another year to physically mature and put on another 10-15 pounds of needed bulk.

``My weakness is my strength," Morningstar said. "I'm not very strong – not as strong as I want to be."

``I'm a slasher now," he added. "Sophomore year all I did was shoot 3's, but junior year I grew and got stronger so I started to drive a little bit. This year I got more athletic and became more of a slasher. I didn't shoot very many 3's at all."

Now, believe it or not, Morningstar feels he needs to work on his outside shot.

``It was a strength, but I haven't been shooting it as much so it's not a strength of mine anymore," he said. "I can hit it, but I need to be more consistent."

Morningstar turned 19 in January and admits he's a late-bloomer, but he feels that with a year in the prep ranks, he can follow in his father's footsteps and play in the Big 12.

The elder Morningstar, Roger, averaged in double-figures in two seasons at Kansas in the early 1970s before being drafted by the Boston Celtics in the eighth round.

``I've wanted to play in the Big 12 my whole life because my dad did," Brady said. "I want to play at the biggest stage I can. The Big 12 or the ACC."

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