Michigan has really made a concerted effort to make inroads in the state's deep 2013 basketball class. One of the prospects on the receiving end of a great deal of their attention has been Flint Beecher sophomore point guard, Monte Morris. The Wolverines began their courtship of the cat-quick floor general youngster back in June.
"I had a nice time up there this summer," Morris told GoBlueWolverine. I had a chance to meet Coach Beilein and the rest of the coaches. I had a good time there."
Morris was actually one of the camp standouts, prompting the following commentary in my camp recap:
"Wow! To actually see a young player that understands the game to the degree that Monte does, especially at the point guard position, is amazing. He has a lot of confidence about himself out on the floor and with the way he handles his team. He is very good at seeing the floor and getting others involved. Getting to the rack and finishing is not a problem for him. At this stage, he seems like he is going to be a speed demon. He is a young man that can put up points when needed, looking forward to the finished product in 2013."
Morris' stellar play from the summer has carried over to his high school season, causing a number of programs to increase their interest. That is certainly the case with Michigan. Morris made his way back to Ann Arbor for a game recently and enjoyed the opportunity to get reacquainted with the Wolverines' coaching staff.
"It was nice to be back," he said. "I had a chance to talk to Coach Beilein he talks to me about my grades and getting better. I talked to Coach Jordan and Coach Alexander both of them are pretty cool guys it was nice to be up there."
Morris also had a chance to see how he would fit in with what Michigan does.
"I like that they can be up-tempo getting up and down the floor," he said. "I could see how they run their offense and get open shots."
That Morris is receptive to overtures from the Maize & Blue may come as a surprise to some, considering his lineage. The Beecher star is a lifelong Michigan State fan and cousin of former Spartan big man Marquise Gray. However, when it comes to his recruitment Morris is putting his prior allegiance to the side.
"I am wide open to any schools that will be recruiting me," he stated emphatically.
Right now the young man just wants to keep his head together and keep improving his game and the way he carries himself.
"I want to keep working on my game and making sure I work hard in the gym to be better. Staying humble is very important to keep a level head in all of this."
GoBlueWolverine will have more on Morris in the coming months.