Michigan Coach John Beilein has traveled to California numerous times in recent months to make sure that The Windward School PG Darius Morris knows just how important he is in getting things turned around in Ann Arbor. It should come as no surprise, then, that the AAU tournaments that the talented floor general competes in are priority destinations for the Maize & Blue.
This past weekend assistant coach John Mahoney made his way out to Las Vegas for the Double Pump Spring Classic, and his presence didn’t go unnoticed.
“The first day Coach Mahoney had on a blue shirt,” Morris’ father told GoBlueWolverine. “Then on Sunday he came into the gym and he had a bright Maize shirt on with a blue block M on it.”
“I noticed him with that shirt on too,” Darius later added. ”Coach Mahoney is pretty cool. I called him and texted him this past weekend.”
The youngster made sure not to disappoint his crop spectators. He posted an impressive stat line of 30 points, two assists, four rebounds, and two steals in a loss to Compton. Performances like that surely catch the attention of high profile programs, and for many prospects that would signify the beginning of their status as favorites. Not so for Morris though. He is not stringing the Wolverines along while he looks for greener pastures.
“No way,” Mr. Morris said matter-of-factly. “We are not wasting our time with Coach Beilein. Michigan is a school Darius is very interested in.”
Morris’ upcoming visit plans only confirm the Wolverines standing in his recruitment.
“Right now we are checking on flights our plan is to visit around the 15 and 16 of May. We are looking forward to coming out and seeing the campus and the whole experience,” Mr. Morris said.
When the Morris’ hit campus, they won’t be the only Golden State visitors. Santa Ana Mater Dei forward Andy Brown, whom Morris has competed with since he was 12, will be visiting as well.
Michigan appears to be a great shape with both youngsters. That said, Morris is still in the process of weighing his options. Other schools are making their interest known. Tennessee, for instance, has begun paying more attention. Meanwhile Boise State, Washington’s Lorenzo Romar, and Washington State’s Tony Bennett were all at his game on Sunday. Right now Morris is more focused on academics, but he is also keeping an eye on the style of play at the schools he is considering.
“I am looking at a system where the point guard has a little freedom to create and take shots,” Morris explained. “When I make my decision it will be around July or August.”
Morris will have a full schedule leading up to that. In addition to playing in various AAU Tournaments he will also be participating in the NBA top 100 camp in June and the Lebron James Skills Academy in July.