Morgan Favors IU As Decision Nears

Las Vegas Palo Verde H.S. star Moses Morgan says he's favoring the Hoosiers these days, and a decision could be coming sooner than many might have expected...

Bloomington – Considering the fact that his father, Winston, played at Indiana, it's probably not much of a surprise to most that Moses Morgan thinks highly of the Hoosiers these days.

"Right now, Indiana is on top of my list," the 6-5, 180-pound small forward said.

But this isn't the case of a son looking to follow in his father's footsteps. While Winston Morgan spent five years in Bloomington playing for Bob Knight from 1982-86, IU hasn't been first and foremost in his son's mind until recently.

First of all, he's a long ways away from his father's alma mater. Moses stars at Las Vegas' Palo Verde H.S., where he averaged 18 points, 7.5 rebounds and 1.6 assists as a junior. Secondly, it wasn't until the last 12 months that the Hoosier program began taking a serious look at him as a potential recruit.

"I really wasn't interested in Indiana until Coach Crean came along," Morgan said. "The history he had with his players and him coaching Dwyane Wade, I've been hearing a lot about how he gets his players to go hard and reach their potential."

Crean's arrival at IU and his interest in Morgan has changed the thinking of the three-star recruit. While Marquette, Michigan, Oklahoma and UNLV are also schools he's giving consideration to, Indiana has elevated itself to front-runner status. Now is a good time for IU to find itself in that position since Morgan says he plans to make his decision before the end of the school year, which concludes June 5.

One of the things that stands out about the Class of 2010 product is his versatility. A good face-up shooter with excellent range, Morgan spent most of his time playing along the frontline on his prep team. That changes on the AAU scene, he's been playing on the wing as well as even some point guard.

"I like getting the chance to play the 1," said Morgan. "It makes my skill level better. Ball handling is one of the things I've been working on, trying to get stronger with the ball."

The Indiana staff appears to be taking notice. Morgan said the IU coaching staff has been out to watch him workout on several occasions in the last year, and that eventually resulted in a scholarship offer about two weeks ago. That was exciting news for not only Moses, but his father as well who has told his son what it's like to play for the IU program.

"He says the tradition there is really good, that they have a great campus and you'll get a great education," Moses said. "He says it's a really good school."


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