Morris Twins Crack Top 100

You remember the Stewart twins and it seems like just yesterday that the Lopez twins were dominating in the spring and summer. Now it's time for a new set of twins - Marcus and Markieff Morris - to make a splash side-by-side.

They haven't gotten quite the same amount of national exposure as Brook and Robin Lopez or even Rodrick and Lodrick Stewart back when they were entering their senior season in high school, but that's likely to change for the Morris twins.

Marcus Morris is a 6-foot-8 ½, 210-pound versatile wing who has a high offensive skill level. Markieff Morris is about an inch taller and is more adept on the defensive end. Both have cracked's Top 100 rankings.

While the pair bring different assets to the court, they are virtually inseparable and also almost identical in personality of the court.

Marcus Morris averaged 16 points and 10 boards per game as a junior at Prep Charter (Pa.) while Markieff put up 15 points, 13 rebounds and 6 blocks per game.

``I can play every position on the floor," Marcus said. "I'm a mismatch."

``He's a terrific offensive player with good range," added Hunting Park coach Greg Wright.

Markieff's strengths lie more in the paint – with his rebounding and shot-blocking abilities.

``He's more of a face-up four," Marcus said. "He attacks the basket and rebounds."

``He's the backbone of our team," added Wright. "He's like a human eraser and protects the basket."

The Morris twins will turn 17 on Sept. 2 (Marcus is 7 minutes older) and the duo plans to stick together for college. It's no surprise since they basically do everything together, including finish up every practice with a game of 1-on-1.

``He beats me most of the time because he can shoot from the outside," Markieff admits. ``We play to see who cleans the room. He wins, but then we get him and play March Madness, I beat him and he has to clean the room."

Nowadays, it's not the same room that the Morris twins are used to. Back in September, the pair got the news that their house burned down.

``We were getting ready to play a game and our neighbor called," Marcus said. "We're living with our grandmother now a few blocks away, but our house should be ready to move back into in a couple of months."

``We lost everything," Markieff said. "The toughest thing to lose for both of us was a jersey that our grandfather gave us. It meant a lot to both of us."

Sticking together for college means just as much to the twins, who didn't start playing basketball until they were 12 (they both grew up playing football).

Right now, Marcus and Markieff admitted if they had to choose a school, it would be LaSalle.

``Every time we go there, it's so comfortable," Marcus said. ``Plus, they just got (former Penn Charter standout) Rodney Green."

However, LaSalle coach John Gianinni is likely in for a national battle for their services – as they said that Kentucky and Pittsburgh have offered scholarships to both. They also mentioned St. Joseph's, George Washington and Miami.

``We've only had a chance to get to the local schools and we have a really good relationship with the coaches at LaSalle," added Markieff. "But we'd like to go see Kentucky and some other schools before we make a decision."

While their destination is still up in the air, one thing appears for certain: They will be playing together at the next level.

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