Ever since he can remember, Brady Morningstar dreamed of following in his father Roger’s footsteps and playing basketball at Kansas. After a standout career at Lawrence (KS) Free State, Morningstar took his game out East to New Hampton (NH) Prep in hopes of fulfilling his dream.
After a meeting with Kansas coach Bill Self on Saturday afternoon, Morningstar is a Jayhawk.
“I’m going to Kansas,” Morningstar told Phog.net. “It’s been my dream forever and I wasn’t about to let the opportunity slip away.”
After being named first team all-state during his senior year at Free State, Morningstar felt he needed to get stronger and mature more before heading to college. After a summer spent traveling the country playing against top competition with KC Pump N’ Run, he’d finally showed the Kansas staff enough to warrant increased attention and an eventual commitment.
“They came down to see me here at New Hampton and we talked for a couple of hours in my coach’s office and then I gave them a tour of the campus,” said Morningstar of his meeting with Kansas coaches. “It was pretty much known that I was going to commit. Coach Self said he can’t wait for me to come out there and play. He just wanted to make sure that this is what I wanted to do.”
With his commitment, Morningstar knows that there will be some who question whether or not he can play at the level Kansas plays at. The doubters don’t bother him at all and just fuel his fire to compete.
“I don’t really listen to those people, some have seen me play and some haven’t,” said Morningstar. “Some people think I can play, some people think I can’t. I know I can play so that’s all that matters. I just want to prove anybody who doesn’t think I can wrong.”
According to Morningstar, he’ll take an official visit sometime during the 2005-06 season (probably for the Kentucky game). As for the reality that he’s now going to be able to follow in his father’s footsteps and play at Kansas, it hasn’t really set in for him or his father.
“It’s crazy really, I moved to Lawrence in like first grade and it’s been my dream since then but it was hard to believe that I’d ever really play at Kansas,” said Morningstar. “My dad, he’s real excited. He probably won’t say much about it because he’s not one to say a lot or brag, but I know he’s happy.”