DePaul's Morgan Looking Forward

With High School graduation behind him, future Blue Demon shooting guard Moses Morgan looks ahead to life at DePaul…

Moses Morgan graduated from Palo Verde High School in Las Vegas, NV on Monday. Morgan isn't wasting any time in turning towards his future at DePaul.

"I'll be there on Friday," said Morgan who will attend summer classes at DePaul. "I'm pretty excited and a little nervous at the same time too though."

"I'll be enrolling in some classes, just getting my room and getting settled," said the 6-5, 180 lb. swingman.

Morgan, who is the son of former Indiana Hoosier Winston Morgan, averaged 20.8 points, 8.4 rebounds and two assists per game this season for the Panthers.

Palo Verde finished with a 21-4 record and was defeated by Bishop Gorman in the postseason for the second straight year, after losing to the same team in the state championship game in 2009.

"We lost to Bishop Gorman," said Morgan. "We played good, you know they're a really good team, but we had a good season."

On May 30th, Morgan scored 21 points for the victorious Sunset region team in the Las Vegas Area High School Senior All-Star Game.

Morgan, who originally signed with DePaul coach Jerry Wainwright in the fall, never once wavered in his commitment to the Blue Demons when they made a mid-season coaching change.

Moses was already familiar with new DePaul coach Oliver Purnell from his time as head coach of the Clemson Tigers.

"He recruited me when he was at Clemson," said Moses. "I talked to him a few times and he talked to my Dad a few times. They were in my last five schools. I was going to take a visit there before I signed with DePaul. I had a visit all set up."

After taking the DePaul job this spring, Purnell paid the Morgan's a visit in their Las Vegas home.

"Me and Coach Purnell, we already had a relationship before I even signed with DePaul," Morgan shared. "So, I knew how he was and was familiar with what he does basketball-wise. Just getting to know him better, when he came out here, was pretty cool. We had fun, he came and sat down and ate with the family."

Purnell sees Morgan as important part of the rebuilding effort that he has ahead of him in the Big East.

"He's kind of telling me the same things that Wainwright did," said Morgan. "Just come in and be a scorer, somebody who can put the ball in the hoop, and just be a leader all the way as a freshman."

Purnell brings to DePaul a frenetic, uptempo style of basketball.

"He told me we're going to get after it on the defensive end," said Morgan. "I've watched them (Clemson) play a couple of times too. I think I can fit that style of play. His style of play is more up and down, pressing and all that. I fit really well into that style of play."

Along with point guard Brandon Young and combo forward Cleveland Melvin, Morgan and his fellow freshman hope to make an impact for DePaul in their first season. Morgan and Young have formed a tight bond since committing to DePaul last September.

"Me and Brandon, we've been talking this whole time, ever since we committed together,"said Morgan. "So, we got to know each other pretty well."

Melvin, who committed to DePaul last month is also reaching out to his new teammates.

"When Cleveland committed, he contacted me," said Melvin. "We've been getting to know each other too as well. Everybody's kind of on the same page."

Moses also keeps in touch with many of his future teammates.

"Me and Tony Freeland, we played on the same AAU team," said Morgan. "I'm really close with him. I've been talking with Mike Stovall a lot."

So, Morgan arrives on Friday with plans to hit the books and the gym hard this summer in hopes of better results for the Blue Demons once the college basketball season starts in November.

"That's it, be ready for the new season. I look forward to winning."

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