Jayhawks Bag Philly Twins

Last week, Kansas and head coach Bill Self picked up their third commitment when New Jersey power forward Quintrell Thomas announced that he was a Jayhawk. Wednesday night, it was much more treat than trick for the Kansas staff as they celebrated Halloween by locking up a pair of commitments from Philadelphia twins Marcus and Markieff Morris.

According to Markieff -- who at 6-9 stands an inch taller than his brother -- the twins had a great visit when they flew to Lawrence for Late Night in the Phog, but it was available playing time, along with plenty of tradition, that sealed the deal.

"I was blown away but that didn’t make my decision," said Markieff. "It was playing time. The coaching staff, the players and the winning tradition, we come from a winning team.

"Kansas is a winning team and we just fit right in."

On top of that, the twins were attracted by the Self's tradition of graduating players.

"We liked the educational piece," said Markieff. "14 of his last 15 players graduated, the ones that didn’t leave early."

According to Dan Brinkley who coached the duo during their high school days at Prep Charter in Philadelphia, his former players understand that they'll have to continue to take their game to a higher level during their college years.

"It’s up to them," said Brinkley. "Any school you go to every player has had great success in high school. The special players separate themselves with a commitment to winning and then the light shines on everybody."

After originally committing to Memphis and reclassifying from the class of 2007 to 2008, the twins -- who are ranked among Scout.com's top five post graduate players -- can now focus on their prep season at the Apex Academies in Cherry Hill, NJ.

Finally, with the decision out of the way, Markieff admitted that the Jayhawks had long been a favorite of his brother's but they never figured going to Kansas was something that would happen.

"Kansas has always been Marcus’ dream school since he was 10," added Markieff. "We never thought we’d go there but when they came in the picture it was a good fit for us."

Marcus Morris Scout.com Profile

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