"It was playing time," Marcus Morris said. "I felt that there was more (at Kansas) for the both of us."
How good are the twins? As young seniors in the Class of 2007, Marcus (6-8) ranked No. 31 and Markieff (6-9) No. 61 per Scout.com This time around as post-graduate students at the new Pennsauken (N.J.) Apex Academy, they are ranked the 2nd and 4th best post grad prospects in the nation.
At last week's Eddie Griffin Challenge, the twins combined to lead Team Philly past New Jersey in the senior game. They accounted for 34 points between them. Their recruitment spanned no less than four major conferences and last year as high school seniors they pledged to attend Memphis.
However, the pair always kept alive the prep school option. Young for their grade classification, the Morris Brothers first spoke of attending prep school at the 2006 adidas Superstar Camp. True to their word, the pair stuck with the plan.
Once the situation with Memphis deteriorated Kansas, Villanova and St. John's soon emerged as the primary players. St. John's never received a visit as the pair attended the first practice in Lawrence and then visited Villanova two weeks later.
The commitments mean a great deal to the Jayhawks, a program seeking to replenish its frontcourt cupboard. Last week KU added St. Patrick power forward Quintrell Thomas and already held pledges from small forward Mario Little and wingman Travis Releford.
Kansas now waits for Friday's announcement from J'mison Morgan, a Scout.com Top 30 prospect from the senior class.
As for the former high school coach of the twins, its been a long process. "Recruiting is no fun for head coaches," Dan Brinkley joked.
"Normally you don't this opportunity to come in and play significant minutes. For them to have this opportunity that's big at a place like Kansas."