Darius Morris Diary: Part One

Top 2009 guard Darius Morris is keeping a four-part personal playing-and-recruiting diary exclusively for GoBlueWolverine members as he travels both to camps and on the AAU circuit this summer. Here is part one - encompassing the past two weeks, including his *Michigan Camp attendance and visit.*

Dariu Morris Basketball Diary (covering the last 2 weeks)
June 17-22, 2008 NBA Top 100 Camp, VA
June 25-28, 2008 Nike Steve Nash Skills, NJ
June 28-30, 2008 University of Michigan
I am Darius Morris, Class of 2009 Point Guard from Los Angeles, California. Over these two weeks I've traveled over 14,300 miles and counting. The Dates and events above mark only the major events I've been blessed to participate in over this two week span.

1st Up on my list was The NBA top 100 camp, which is suppose to be an invite only for top 100 high school players in the nation regardless of class by Bob Gibbons. Current and Ex NBA players represented the camps staff and were always available for guidance and helpful tips concerning basketball and life in general . My roomate at the camp was Jordan Morgan (a Michigan Commitment) who was constantly convincing me that Michigan was the school for me haha ... just like the other players in attendance that have commited to other schools that are recruiting me. I think NBA camp was a great experience for me. Unlike other camps, I spent more time in the classroom learning about real life situations other than just perfecting my skills on the hardwood. However the training and games that I did see were very competitive, which included the daily optional 6:30 :am workouts that I attended (which is 3:30 am my LA time!). A typical day for me was a wake up at 6:00 am, arriving at the gym at 6:30, and not leaving until 10:00 pm back at my dorm ... which can only lead you to imagine how my body felt on the last day. However, The days I spent at NBA camp enabled me to get better as a player and person. I also think my play was strong and helped define me as one of the top point guards at the camp.

Three Days Later I found myself on a plane heading from LA to NJ for the Steve Nash Camp invite to the top 20 pg's in the nation. As soon as I arrived Nike flooded me with Nike gear (which I couldn't keep because of NCAA rules) and also explained how hard I was expected to work the next 3 days. There was a competitive atmosphere in the workouts between me and the other pg's at the camp, but it was cool because we got to know each other and all got along well. Steve Nash attended 2 out of 3 days. It was an honor to be able to ask him questions and learn from him. Nash gave me great tips about the point guard position that I added to my game right away. After about five 2 1/2 to 3 hour workouts over the 3 days, Steve Nash camp was over Friday night and my body was filling sore. But it was worth it for the knowledge I gained as a PG and the friends I made.

4:45am The Following Morning (Saturday, June 28th) I found myself on a shuttle to the airport to catch a flight to Detroit, Michigan to visit the University of Michigan. I arrived at my destination around 10:30 am. My parents flew in from Los Angeles and picked me up at the airport. They were happy to see me since I was away from them for 4 days, which I've gotten used to on my basketball circut. We arrived at the campus of Michigan and were told that people there were anxiously awaiting my visit and couldn't wait to see me play. I was excited as well to visit the school because I had hear great things about it from many people. Just 2 hours after getting off the plane I was lacing it up to play in the Team Camp alongside 2010 player Nate Lubick and some incoming freshman at Michigan. Despite being Jet-Lagged I managed to perform well in all my 3 games and seemed to please all the fans, players and coaches. But I felt my body ran out of gas in the third game and I quickly rushed to my cousin Linda Hopkins' house to get some well needed rest.

The Next Morning I took an unofficial visit to see the Michigan Campus. The coaches set up everything nicely, and even on Sunday gave me the opportunity to meet some important people at admissions and athletics. I got to see the beautiful campus Michigan has to offer, and got feel the love. To top it off I got to play and interact with some of current players like Mannie Harris. (The visit spilled over through Monday as well). All in all, my trip to Michigan was great.

Now I can't wait to get back to my own bed tonight (Tuesday) and rest up for Nike Lebron Camp which Is for the Top 80 players in the nation -- so I have to be 100%.

I know my last two weeks have been rough but as a hooper I am determined to be one of the best ... this is what I live for.

So Till Next Time I Find Time To Write. Peace.

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