Each summer thousands of kids flock to Las Vegas during the end of July to take the court in hopes of earning a college scholarship. While J'Mison Morgan no longer worries about generating scholarship offers, the 6-10 center from Dallas (TX) South Oak Cliff isn't resting.
Sunday afternoon at the Reebok Summer Championships, Morgan led his Urban DFW Elite team to a tough win over the Delaware Sharpshooters. He didn't get a lot of touches, but Morgan did very nice things with those touches he did get.
"Offensively things weren't really going like I'd hoped they would," said Morgan. "My defense though, I stepped it up there and then the offense came around."
Scoring on nifty jump hooks, a pretty turnaround jumper where he spun to his left shoulder after a short dribble drive and some power moves, the massive insider proved again that he's much more nimble than you'd expect when you first see him walk onto the court.
"I think that I'm in way better shape than this time last year," Morgan told Phog.Net. "I'm more athletic too."
On the college front Morgan rattled off a list that included seven schools and indicated that he'd like to have a decision made by November.
"I'm pretty open, there's Alabama, Baylor, Kansas, Texas, LSU, UCLA and Georgetown," said Morgan. "I think I'm going to decide right before my high school season so I should have something done by November."
While he wouldn't name any leaders, Morgan did indicate that he's comfortable with Bill Self and the Kansas program thanks to several visits to Lawrence and his friendship with former high school teammate Darrell Arthur.
"I think my relationship with them is pretty good," said Morgan of Kansas. "I think I've got a better relationship with them because I've been up there so much. Also, because I'm friends with Darrell I've gotten to hang out with the guys a lot and really get to know them."
At this time Morgan hasn't set up any of his official visits, but he should be setting them up sometime in the early part of August. When he does makes his final decision, it will be based on several factors.
"I've got to have a good relationship with my future teammates," said Morgan of what matters most. "The same with the coaching staff. Playing time and a good living situation will be important also."