Player: Darryl Morsell
School: Mount St. Joseph
Athleticism: Morsell has it. He possesses a quick first step, good end-to-end speed, can play over the rim, and combines that with a college-ready body.
Shooting: This seems to be the Achilles’ heel, since Morsell is reluctant to take many, if any, perimeter jumpers. He constantly attacks the rim, and finishes well. But, at some point, he'll have to show he can hit the mid-range jumper with some consistency. He'll get to the line a lot, and did show decent form from the charity stripe.
Ball-handling: The MSJ senior is strong with the ball, often taking it coast to coast off the rebound.
Passing: Probably the best part of Morsell's game. His ability to lead the break and find open shooters is exceptional. He makes solid decisions with the ball.
Defense: This versatile athlete can defend multiple positions from the “1” to the “3.” His defensive ability and willingness to set up others will earn him immediate minutes.
Rebounding: Morsell's positioning, his vertical, and his willingness to board are evident. He'll be a solid rebounding guard in the Big Ten.
Intangibles: Always a key element of my evaluations, I am impressed with his approach to the key elements of the game. He's got the fundamentals down, he's a team player, and has been well coached by MSJ Coach Pat Clatchey. And for a team that needs toughness, Morsell will "bring it."
Summary: If you're looking for a two-guard to come in and score 20 points per game, Morsell is not your guy. Yes, he'll have to improve from the perimeter, but he'll do a lot of little things that win ball games. He could probably be called a "glue guy," and every team needs that. But he's an explosive athlete and an excellent in-state get for the Terps.