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Stay or Go? Iowa State's Monte Morris Still Uncertain About the NBA

Monte Morris may or may not have played his final game at Hilton Coliseum on Monday night. Even the Iowa State junior isn't sure what the weeks ahead might have in store.

AMES, IOWA — Should he stay or should he go? At present moment, even Monte Morris isn’t quite sure what the answer to that question is.

Morris admitted Monday he was emotional because, when all is said and done, it may in fact have been the final time he played in Hilton Coliseum.

“You always have to [soak it up],” Morris said. “It was more emotional for me, because this definitely could be my last game here.”

Yet, maybe it isn’t.

“I’d love to come back,” Morris said later. “It’d be special trying to be No. 1 in assists here. That’s a special thing. I think we’ll have a good team next year.”

So for now, it’s the status quo.

Given new rules passed by the NCAA in January, Morris will have a better chance than ever before to get a feel for what NBA personnel thinks. NCAA players are now allowed to wait to declare for the NBA Draft until 10 days following the NBA Draft combine, meaning Morris won’t need to make a final decision until May 25 (previously the date was in April). 

Meanwhile, Morris can participate in the NBA Draft combine this spring in Chicago from May 11-15 and take part in one tryout per NBA team. 

What he hears from NBA personnel and those around him — most likely hinging on whether or not he’s a first-round pick — combined with his and Iowa State’s performance in March Madness, will ultimately be the two factors for Morris.

“It’s all about how we finish and how I play. If we’re winning, there’s your answer. If we’re losing, there’s your answer. That’s what it is,” Morris said. “Especially how I play down the stretch, just performing on the biggest stage in the Big 12 and NCAA tournament and get feedback from whoever I need to get feedback from and make my decision.”

Morris, who ranks sixth all-time at Iowa State with 525 career assists, is only 140 assists behind No. 1 Jeff Hornacek. The junior guard tallied 176 assists as a sophomore and already has 215 this season, putting him in line to handedly become the Cyclones’ all-time leader.

Of course, that hinges on his decision, which as of now remains in limbo. 

“I really don’t know,” Morris said. “It’s going to do what it do at the end of the day. Whatever y’all want to do. Y’all can put it out there that it was my last [game]… Y’all might be right. If not, y’all might be wrong.”


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