Canton McKinley, which won division 1 state title in Ohio this past year, was looking to continue its tourney winning ways at last week's AND 1 High School Basketball Championship in Philadelphia. For his part, Raymar Morgan did his best to ensure his team would do just that.
"It was all right," Morgan said of his performance. "We played in the championship. We won and I played pretty good. I was named the MVP." The MVP trophy is a clear sign that the versatile athlete's showing was more than just "all right." His 26 points and 10 boards were game highs in McKinley's 78-68 victory over Lakewood (Ca) Artesia in the title game. He also chipped in three assists and three blocks.
Morgan's ability to do so many things on the court has a number of programs very interested in his services, but three Big Ten schools stick out for him at this point. When GoBlueWolverine last spoke with him, Morgan indicated that he had yet to receive a scholarship offer from any of them. That, however, is no longer the case. "Pretty much just Michigan State," Morgan said regarding what offers he currently has on the table. "Ohio State said they would probably offer and Michigan said that they would probably offer."
The Spartans were the early aggressors in Morgan's recruitment, and that gave them the leg up for quite some time. That said, the Ohio State Buckeyes have now loosened that grip a bit. When asked if the top-flight recruiting class the Buckeyes have put together affects how he looks at them, Morgan answered honestly. "Yeah, it does…a lot," he said. "But I'm still waiting. Ohio State and Michigan State are pretty much my top two right now. Then its Michigan."
According to Morgan, all three schools still have a chance to win him over. He is in no hurry to make a decision and probably won't visit any of the schools for the remainder of the summer. What will likely be the deciding factor in when he sits down to makes his choice? "Probably the visit," he said. "I've visited all three of them already, but the official will probably be what does it. I will probably make my visits during school next year. I don't really have a set timeframe [for making the choice], but I think I'll probably make it in November."
GoBlueWolverine will have more on Morgan in the coming weeks.