JC Forward Picks Big 12 Program

Ty Morrison, a native of Arizona, isn't heading back to Pac-10 country. In fact, one Big 12 program got it done this week and accepted a commitment from him.

Ty Morrison, a 6-foot-7 ½ combo forward out of Redlands Junior College, is headed to the Big 12.

Steve Eck, the head coach at Redlands, confirmed the news with Scout.com on Tuesday. Eck said that Morrison was recruited hard by Missouri, Oregon, Washington and Arizona showed interest in the end.

Eck said that his standout who averaged 10.1 points and 5.2 rebounds as a JC freshman, hit it off with the MU head coach. "He started talking to Coach Snyder and he wants to major in journalism and they've got a great journalism school," Eck said.

"He came from the Pac-10 but out here he saw a lot of Big 12 games. He was just really impressed with the coaches and they treated him really good as a person."

Morrison has improved his skill set since his high school days in Arizona. Eck thinks he'll be able to play on the wing and will see time at both forward slots this year. "I think he'll be a wing but he can play inside too. He can do both and he'll do both for us this year. He can create some mismatches and he can really guard, that's one of his strengths. He's so long and quick."

Since arriving at Redlands, Morrison's body has experienced a re-making. He always was a bouncy player but he was thin. Now, he's strong and gaining confidence from the added muscle.

"He hit the weights hard and he's a strong kid. When he first got in as a freshman he'd drive and get bumped and it would go out of bounds. Now, knock on wood, he doesn't lose it as much."

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