A few years ago, it might have been hard to believe that Brady Morningstar would develop into a high major basketball prospect. It wasn’t a matter of skill, the Lawrence (KS) Free State product was just awfully small. However, he’s always known the game and after growing to 6-3, Morningstar is getting attention from several programs as he prepares to do a year of prep school at New Hampton (NH) Prep.
During the summer Tennessee tried to get him to enroll and play this fall and an offer remains on the table along with offers from West Virginia, TCU and Northern Illinois. The versatile guard, and son of former Jayhawk Roger Morningstar, is also eyeing the school he grew up watching, Kansas.
“They (Kansas) are number one on my list right now,” Morningstar told Phog.net. “That’s where I’ve always wanted to play. If they offered me, I’d accept it right away. Pretty much, that’s my goal.”
Always recognized as a dangerous shooter from the perimeter, Morningstar began changing his game during his senior season. He hit a growth spurt and added some athleticism to his game and turned into a guy who can get to the rim and is hard to contain off the dribble. More than anything, he made his teammates better as an undersized Free State team spent much of the year ranked number one in the state and earned a spot in the class 6A state tournament.
“I guess that I just play smart out there and I know when to make the right pass or take the right shot,” said Morningstar. “I think I’m good at getting my teammates involved and getting them into places where they will have an easy shot.”
Building off an All-State campaign as a senior, Morningstar took his act to the summer circuit where he turned heads thanks to his inspired play with KC Pump ‘N Run. Playing against top players from across the country he proved that he’s got the ability to play with just about anybody in the country.
“Confidence plays a lot into that,” says Morningstar of his development into a high major prospect. “I was confident in July because I was hitting shots and once you do that it opens up your game so that you can drive and do so much more.”
Still, he recognizes that there are areas of his game that need improvement. For that reason he’s headed off to prep school to work on getting stronger and improving his all around game and quickness.
“I’m smart, but I know I’ve got to be quicker,” said Morningstar. “It’s good to be smart but you’ve got to have the quickness to play at the highest level. There are some guys up there who aren’t the smartest players, but they are all very athletic and strong and you have to be able to compete with them.”
Not one to drag things out, Morningstar is hoping to make a Fall decision. He’ll likely visit TCU unofficially in the near future and is looking to set up other visits. As for where he stands with Kansas, he plays pickup with the current team on a regular basis and is in constant contact with Bill Self and the rest of the coaching staff.
“I talk to them a lot, I’ll call them sometimes or I go up in the offices and say hello when I’m over there,” said Morningstar. “They really like where I’ve come from with my game from a year ago and they think that I can play at their level, and hopefully something can work out with us and KU. They say to just keep working hard at prep school and we’ll just see what happens.”