Describing PG Darius Morris

Six-foot-three Los Angeles PG Darius Morris plans to visit Michigan in June. So GoBlueWolverine spoke to Morris' head coach Miguel Villegas about his star player.

Darius Morris Profile

GoBlueWolverine: What type of player is Darius on the floor?

Coach Villegas: "First off, he is a leader. He is a versatile point guard who can run the team and if you need him to score, he can do that as well. He has great size so you can put him in the post to make a mismatch to score. He can also guard inside so go up against the better offensive players if needed because of his versatility. His size is a big asset to his game."

GoBlueWolverine: Most college programs are looking at him for point guard, correct? Is anybody looking at him for any other position?

Coach Villegas: "No he is first and only a true point guard. He is not doing anything else besides a point guard. He is my Chris Paul right now, being my scoring guard now. It is always nice having great players on your team that you coach because he makes me look like a genius having him on my team."

GoBlueWolverine: What Michigan coaches are keeping in contact with Darius?

Coach Villegas: "Coach (John) Beilein the head coach and Coach (John) Mahoney and they are really good coaches and people. Very good coaches that tell you what they can offer, but not blow smoke and promise the world to kids like some college coaches have done. They are real people that can relate to kids."

GoBlueWolverine: Does he have a top five list yet and what are his plans for making it to Michigan?

Coach Villegas: "Nah, not really. I do think he is very open. He does have plans to go to Michigan, but no set dates yet, but he is very interested in them along with Texas, Marquette, Washington, Washington State, Stanford, and Kentucky. I believe wherever the opportunity presents itself the best has the best chance for Darius."

GoBlueWolverine: How has his AAU basketball been going along with has he taken any unofficial visits?

Coach Villegas: "Darius has not taken any unofficial visits yet, but his AAU ball has been going very well lately. He was just in Arizona for the Cactus tournament along with Vegas, and Houston so he has been around the circuit."

GoBlueWolverine: "In your opinion what do you think Darius interest in Michigan is right now?

Coach Villegas: "Well, I think it is very high right now at this moment. They have done a great job of recruiting him so I would say it is high interest."

GoBlueWolverine: What do you think his deciding factors will be when choosing a school?

Coach Villegas: "I do not believe distance will be a factor just a matter of him looking at a school he will feel comfortable at along with the coaching staff having a good relationship with them. Feeling comfortable with the coaches and Michigan, they have done a good job of that right now. Now he just wants to see the campus, faculty, students, academics, and the arena."

GoBlueWolverine: What is his timeline for a decision?

Coach Villegas: "No real timeline at the moment, but we are hoping for him to decide before the summer or sooner, but nothing set in stone. His parents and I are helping him out with his recruiting process and trying to make it as easy for him as possible."

GoBlueWolverine: How is your team going to be this coming year?

Coach Villegas: "With Darius we should be very good with having three out of the five starts back and hopefully we will contend for the CIS title. I hope that we will be sizing up our ring fingers. We play in a smaller division, but we play in all the big tournaments with great competition."

GoBlueWolverine: How do you project Darius at the next level? Also how does Darius relate to the other kids on your team?

Coach Villegas: "I think if he continues to work hard - like I know he will because he is a gym rat - he will be just fine. He is so knowledgeable about the game and understands what it takes to win, along with what coaches are looking for, because he has been around the game all his life. Darius has an older brother, so he has grown up around all this and realizes what it takes seeing his brother play. Having your leader of the team as a gym rat makes my job that much easier, because that gives the other kids no excuses - seeing the best player on the team working that hard. We have a lot of young kids that look up to Darius, and seeing the recognition he is getting and all the hard work he continues to strive to be his best."

Darius just happened to walk in the coach's office right when we were talking in between classes so he wanted to talk about Coach Beilein.

GoBlueWolverine: What are your impressions of Coach Beilein?

Darius Morris: "Coach Beilein -- I love him. I think he is a great coach and a great person. He is personable and easy to like I really like how he coaches to because he is a great teacher of the game so I like him as a coach and a person."

GoBlueWolverine: How do you see yourself fitting into his offense if you decide to choose Michigan?

Darius Morris: "I really like it a lot, because it lets your guards create and gives you the opportunities to be aggressive. He puts the ball in the guards' hands and tell them to make plays. I like that to because that is what I like to do."

GoBlueWolverine: What attracts you to Michigan?

Darius Morris: "The history of the school is tremendous and is very well known throughout the country. I know they have not been on top of the basketball end lately, but it is a great school and always has been so that is attractive. With Coach Beilein coming after me has sparked my interest even more for Michigan."


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