Hotchkiss Underclassmen Make Points

The academically slanted Hotchkiss School is about to unleash a pair of promising underclassmen again this fall. The summer report cards are in for wing Jason Morris and point man Derrick Wilson. Each has his share of college suitors.

Lakeville (Conn.) Hotchkiss School is home to a pair of very promising young prospects. Rising sophomore Derrick Wilson and junior Jason Morris had their moments during the summer of 2008.

Morris, a 6-foot-4 small forward, had his shining moment the first two days of the LeBron James Skills Academy. Out of the gate strong, Morris made his mark early. A few days later, he rebounded nicely from an injury at the Peach Jam.

A strong student, colleges have taken notice. "To be honest, he can play a lot of positions," Hotchkiss School Fred Benjamin told "In the halfcourt, he's great off the catch because of the momentum. Last year I played him at the point and he was breaking people down. He can do so many things.

"I think sometimes people don't get a chance to see what he can do. Since I've coached him, I haven't seen a kid on the floor who was better in the sense of what he can do. He's patient and he's a team-oriented player."

Texas, Georgetown, Villanova, Duke and Stanford made strong impressions already. Memphis, Kansas, Xavier, Wake Forest and a host of others are interested. Offers from Syracuse, Virginia, South Carolina, Georgia, Georgia Tech and Rutgers are already in place.

Morris' point guard is Wilson. A native of Alaska, he's cut from the Levance Field mold. Wilson was part of the Gauchos team that lost the finals of the 16-and-under AAU Nationals.

"I think people might be sleeping on Derrick; he's pretty good," Benjamin said. "He has two older brothers who are 6-3 and 6-4. If he gets that big, watch out."

Benjamin said that Wilson already has a lot of programs tracking him. St. John's, Texas, Georgia Tech, Memphis, Syracuse and Stanford are earmarking his progress.

"The focus is making sure that in the long run they find the right school.

"There's a lot of schools on him. They're interested in both of the kids but he's got two offers – Rutgers and Xavier."

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