WALKER: Morris leaving no surprise

On my way back from the SEC Tournament recently, I talked to a couple of NBA scouts about Randolph Morris and his future. They kind of felt like Randolph had more work he needed to do in terms of developing his skills to be ready for the NBA.

On my way back from the SEC Tournament recently, I talked to a couple of NBA scouts about Randolph Morris and his future. They kind of felt like Randolph had more work he needed to do in terms of developing his skills to be ready for the NBA, but because his situation is so unique, they felt like there would probably be a couple of teams at least that might get into somewhat of a bidding war over him this summer.

So, from that perspective, Randolph signing with the Knicks today was no real surprise.

They felt an attractive offer would probably be put on the table. And that is what the Knicks did. I don't think his value would have increased any more had he come back for his senior year because he cannot go into the draft. When the Knicks came in with their offer, he had to look at it.

I know a lot of Kentucky fans don't want to hear that, but his stock went up in the SEC and NCAA Tournaments and he had to do what his best for him. It would have been hard for him to turn down such a good offer because there just is not much he can do in terms of raising his value even more.

A lot of kids who have the opportunity to play at the next level, when they get that chance, they go. They don't want to risk chance of stock falling or any injury. As much as I would like to see him play and help Kentucky out next year, I don't think there are too many big guys in the country who have a bigger upside than he does. Obviously, there are good big guys out there, but he is just start to reach all that he can do. He has to work on playing hard all the time and work on his consistency more, but he has proven he can carry a team and do it all.

I think the way he is kind of a finesse guy even though he finished the season playing a little bit more physical. I think at the next level he is a four (power forward). I think it will be awful difficult to ask him to bang with some of the big, strong centers in the league. The power forward position has changed in the NBA over the last few years. It is not that bruiser guy that bangs and does all the dirty work. You have guys like Tim Duncan, Kevin Garnett and Chris Webber playing that position right now and using finesse.

I think with the right team and right situation, he could really fit in well. But I still think it is maybe 50-50 about whether he will be back. I think he somewhat owes it to the university and Tubby Smith to play. When he came back, he made the promise he would stay the full time.

I certainly would have been be happy to see him back. All the Wildcat fans would have been. But as far as business decision, he had to make the best decision for him. He owed that to himself.


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