The entire Michigan basketball program rolled out the red carpet for Canton McKinley forward Raymar Morgan last weekend. Joined by his mother, grandmother, and AAU coach, the combination of players, coaches, and staff members did their best to make their visitors feel welcome. Their presentation covered the full gamut of pertinent topics…from academics, to campus life, to how he'd be used on the court. After reflecting on the experience, Morgan indicated that his time in Ann Arbor was very positive.
"The visit went well," Morgan said. "I pretty much just went around campus when I got there. They took me on a tour and I thought it was really nice. I didn't get to play or anything. I did hang out with Dion Harris, Courtney Sims, and Daniel Horton though."
For Morgan, the camaraderie displayed by his would-be teammates was one of the factors he planned to look at the hardest. Between his time with the players and his conversations with coach Amaker, he got a good feel for the team and how he would fit in. "Everybody seems to get along with each other very well, which is good," Morgan said. "Coach Amaker talked to me a lot about where he thought I would play if I came there. He said he would use me as a three."
Morgan's mother also went into the visit with some key criteria of her own. One particular aspect of the visit, (and every other one for that matter), is more important to her than any other. "We went to a pep rally, met the president, and met the academic advisor," Ms Morgan recalled. "We also talked to Coach Amaker about what his hopes are for Raymar and what he would like for him to do for his team. The thing I'm looking for, really, is the academic program. How do they go about making sure the students get their work done on time and make sure that they are going to class? Really that is what is most important to me."
Michigan's academic presentation covered all of those areas and more. The Morgans were also told about the new athletic academic center scheduled to open this winter. The academic support in East Lansing was one of the facets of Michigan State that impressed the Morgans most. It was also one of the reasons why in recent months it seemed as if the Spartans would score his commitment sooner rather than later. While East Lansing may still wind up being his ultimate destination, his recent visit to Ann Arbor appears to have given him something to think about. When asked if the Spartans still led, the Canton star replied, "Right now…I actually don't know to be honest with you."
With just over a month to go on his visit schedule, the other schools on Morgan's list will have ample opportunity to make their move. Next up will be Ohio State Buckeyes followed by the Connecticut Huskies. The Spartans will then get the final visit at a yet to be determined date.
"Raymar is not really in a rush," Ms. Morgan said regarding when he would decide. "He wants to visit. He wants to hear what they have to say. That's why we’re taking these visits. I really think it will come down to who he feels is the most genuine."
GoBlueWolverine will have more on Morgan in the coming weeks.