Canton McKinley high school has been kind to the Michigan Wolverines in the past. Back in the eighties, then Michigan coach Bill Frieder ventured down to the tradition rich school and landed the Wolverines' all-time assist leader, Gary Grant. Now almost twenty years later, the Maize and Blue is after another talented McKinley prospect…6-7-inch 210-pound wing, Raymar Morgan.
Morgan helped McKinley to the division 1 state title in Ohio last year, averaging 18.3 points and 9.9 rebounds per game. He excelled prior to the season as well, turning heads at the Nike Hoop Jamboree in St. Louis and the Nike all-American camp in Indianapolis (where GBW caught its first glimpse of him). His storybook year on the court seems to still be going strong based on his performance at the Kingwood Classic in Houston last weekend.
"Here’s a guy who has made strides with his game in terms of aggressiveness and production," wrote Scout.com's National Recruiting Director after watching Morgan at the Classic. "He’s going to be a high level high-major player and if he can tighten up his mid-range game he can really be effective because he’s an excellent athlete once he shakes loose inside."
The Michigan Wolverines showed an early interest in Morgan and he actually made it to campus for an open gym back in September. (For the story, click here). Since then, though, the Maize and Blue had seemingly fallen from his list. At the same time, Ohio State and Michigan State looked have established themselves as the prohibitive favorite. "That's not really accurate," Morgan said of the two teams being far in front of the pack. "I'm still pretty open and I'm considering Michigan."
The Michigan staff may have done a little bit to freshen their names in Morgan's mind by recently attending a few of his open gyms. "Coach Moore made it by last week," Morgan said. "I've spoken with him and it went well. He just gave me a feel for how Michigan was. Coach Amaker actually made it down today (Tuesday afternoon). He has talked to me too…mainly about some of the same things that coach Moore did"
A number of other schools are also showing interest in Morgan. Miami (Fla.), Florida, Texas, Arizona, and Syracuse have also been in contact. Syracuse, Cincinnati, and Michigan State join Michigan as programs that have been in to see him recently. That said, the number of offers he has in hand belies the attention being shown him by these programs. "Well, none of them actually," Smith said to Bucknuts.com in response to which schools had offered. "They have been waiting on me because I’ve not yet taken any tests.”
That should all change once Morgan gets the test out of the way this summer. When the offers start to roll in, a decision won't likely come right away. However, he probably won't prolong the process either. "I'm not sure right now, but I'll probably make my decision before my season," Morgan said. " I'll take trips during the summer and I'll be looking at academics, environment, and how they act as a team."
GBW will have more on Morgan very soon.