Fathers & Sons
Most fathers want what is best for their children. One chat with Winston Morgan, the father of Las Vegas (Nev.) Palo Verde SF/SG Moses Morgan, and it's clear that statement applies to him. Having played and graduated from Indiana himself, he has worked hard to clear a path through what can sometimes be a hectic recruiting maze for his son.
"I have been through this and now I want to make sure to help my son as he begins the process of choosing a college," explained the elder Morgan.
Mr. Morgan has carefully taken note all of the schools observing his son, but when Michigan began showing interest his curiosity was particularly piqued. That is because they are a Big Ten school, and having played in the Big Ten himself, that meant something to him.
"I was glad to see them looking at Moses," Mr. Morgan said. "Michigan is a good school with strong academics and that is something that is important to us… their academics."
A visit to Ann Arbor was seemingly a foregone conclusion from the start, and last weekend Mr. Morgan put his son on a plane headed for the Great Lake State.
"I wanted him to come to that part of the country to experience it," stated Mr. Morgan. "I wanted him to see what the weather was like so that when he makes his decision he can factor everything into it because he has been there to visit."
Moses Comes to Town
With academics as one of significant factors in his decision, one of the first things young Morgan did when he got to town was spend time with Tommy Jones, the new academic advisor for the players.
"That was something I enjoyed," Morgan said. "I spent time finding out from Mr. Jones about the help I could receive if need for my classes."
Soon after, Morgan headed to Lansing to spend time with friends, but was back in town Saturday for the big game. It was at that point that he ran into familiar faces Trey Ziegler, Darius Morris. He had spent time at a camp with Zeigler and knew Morris from the AAU circuit. The crew quickly began chatting about what it might be like to play together in the Maize & Blue.
Trey Zeigler, Moses Morgan, and Darius Morris
"Before the game we had lunch," Morgan recalled. "It was me Trey Ziegler, Darius Morris, and Jordan Morgan. It was nice."
"I talked with Trey a lot on the visit," he continued. "We were together the whole time. I asked him what he thought about Michigan. Trey said if he could commit right now, he would commit to Michigan. He said he loves the staff, the players, and their style of play. What he said made my interest in Michigan go up that much higher. Just hearing that from another recruit that already has an offer means a lot."
Zeigler was just the first half of a tag team effort. Morris jumped in the ring next and picked up right where his partner left off.
"Darius was talking to me about Michigan all the time," Morgan recalled. "He said he is coming to Michigan because he wanted to play right away and how much he loves the coach staff. Darius was really recruiting me hard he said Michigan is the place to be."
The football experience proved to be big too. It was Morgan's first time in the Big House, and it's an experience he won't soon forget.
"I have never been to a college football before and going down on that field was so much fun," he said. "That crowd was real crazy."
Picturing a Michigan Future
No visit to Michigan is complete without a sit-down with the headman, John Beilein. During Morgan's one-on-one time with the Wolverines' second year coach, Morgan gained an idea of how he with fit in with the Maize & Blue.
"Coach Beilein took me in his office and showed me some film of myself and told me where I would play in his offense," he said. "The clips he showed of me playing helped me to see some good things and bad things that I can improve on."
After the film session, Morgan got the chance to see Beilein go to work with his team at practice.
"They do a lot of shooting drills," remembered Morgan. "I really liked. That was pretty cool. Then I watched as they went into their 1-3-1 defense drill. It was real intense. Everyone was talking on defense. It was high intensity in there. Manny Harris has a nice game he plays real hard."
Morgan was equally impressed with the Wolverines off the floor.
"I talked with Stu Douglass he was telling me why he likes Michigan," he said. "All of those guys get along. We all had a chance to all go to lunch together. They are a close team and that's what I am looking for in a team. I feel like that affects the way a team plays on the court… when they get along like they do."
With such a positive overall impression of the program, the obvious question is where to Beilein & company stand in the race for his services.
"Right now Michigan is at the top of my list," said Morgan.