Should he stay or should he go?
Monte Morris has, at last, come to a decision.
The Iowa State junior point guard announced Friday morning he will return for his senior season, forgoing an opportunity to even test the NBA waters. Morris’ decision comes after consultation with coach Steve Prohm and family.
“After carefully considering all of my options and speaking with Coach [Steve] Prohm and my family, I have decided to return to Iowa State for my senior season,” Morris said. “Ultimately, it came down to wanting to accomplish a number of things, with earning my degree and continuing my development as a basketball player my top priorities. I want to get stronger and become the best basketball player I can before becoming a professional, and I feel another year at Iowa State can help me do that.”
Morris averaged 13.8 points, 6.9 assists and 3.9 rebounds per game while playing a career-high 38 minutes per game last season. Under the tutelage of the point guard-oriented Prohm, Morris is likely to be given more scoring opportunities during his senior season.
Given new NCAA rules, Morris had the opportunity to declare for the NBA Draft this spring to participate in workouts and gain feedback before still having the chance to return to school. In the end, Morris decided against even that.
“The way Monte handled this process speaks volumes about his character and maturity,” Prohm said. “From our program’s perspective we are ecstatic. For me personally, I look forward to continuing to develop our relationship and to help him continue to grow as a player and person in his efforts to reach his ultimate goal of becoming a professional basketball player after the 2016-17 season.”
Morris has made his desire to become the best point guard in Iowa State history clear, and he will now have the opportunity. Entering his senior season next fall, Morris will be only 114 assists shy of tying Jeff Horncek for No. 1 all-time in career assists at Iowa State.
Meanwhile, he, Matt Thomas and Naz Mitrou-Long will have the chance to join Georges Niang as the only players in school history to play in four NCAA tournaments. Admittance into March Madness next spring would mark six consecutive trips for the Cyclones.