Maverick Morgan Expands On UI Decision

The Fighting Illini basketball team has found a true center for its 2013 recruiting. Announced a couple days ago, Ohio's Maverick Morgan will be enrolling at Illinois a year from now. He talks about why he chose the Illini and his thoughts on the school and coaches in this interview.

Maverick Morgan came for an official visit to Illinois and made a commitment on the spot. He says it made a difference knowing and liking the Illini coaches from when they coached Ohio U.

"I've known the staff for over a year now, and that was a big factor. Also the campus was great, and I love the new staff."

Dustin Ford coaches bigs for the Illini, and he was also Morgan's recruiting coach.

"He's a great guy, very good with working skills with bigs. I watched a skills workout and a team practice and was impressed. All the coaches are a group of great guys, really good people."

It appears he found everything to his liking on his visit.

"I love Illinois! They have a great campus, a lot greener than I thought. And the facilities are great and still improving."

The 6'-10", 245 pounder puts out great effort on the court, something not always found with centers.

"Biggest thing I pride myself on is playing my hardest. I am trying to extend my game further onto the floor. I also feel like I am strong down low, and my 15-18 foot shot has improved a lot since I've been working on it. I want to keep working on my face-up game and extending more on defense."

The Springboro, Ohio, native is looking forward to his upcoming season.

"We should be very good. We have three starters returning. I just want to try to lead them to Columbus and a deep tourney run."

Morgan plays with Martin's Wolverines for summer AAU tourneys.

"AAU is going really well. The team is bonding nicely, and we're playing pretty good. We just need to finish more tournaments."

Will he still be looking around at other schools after this?

"I won't be looking anywhere at all."

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