The 5'10 junior has quickly become one of the premier stars in the Lone Star state as she has made All-Region Team (2005, 2006), All-Area (San Antonio) First Team (2005, 2006) and is will be considered this year for All-state honors as well.
I had a chance to speak with Morgan and asked how her trip is going she had nothing but great things to say about the Lobo coaches and the whole program. " My trip has been great. We were able to do some sight seeing, we were also able to meet Coach Sanchez and see the new practice center (Rudy Davalos Center), and all the other facilities they have. It is really awesome," said Shell of the New Mexico Program.
Part of this weekend's visit was a chance to see the world famous Pit and tonight, The Pit did not disappoint as 13,849 Lobo fans showed up to watch the University of New Mexico Lobos dispose of the UNLV Running Rebels as well as put the welcome mat out for Morgan Shell. "We always hear about the Pit and Coach Flanagan," said Shell. "I just wanted to check everything out for myself."
Morgan is a junior at Marble Falls High in Marble Falls Texas. If you follow Lobos women's hoops closely you should recognize the Marble Falls name, as Coach Flanagan recently signed Marble Falls senior post Kelsey Ansley. "She is the main post," says Shell of Ansley. "I think she and I work really well together. She gets it (the ball) to me and I get it to her. She is a fun girl to be around and I know she will be great for UNM next year."
Shell has a lot of potential to become a great division one player, but says she has a few things she would like to work on "I trying become more physical and get into shape, also work on my defense," says Shell during half time of the Lobos game verses UNLV.
Morgan comes to Albuquerque this weekend after having visiting other colleges in and around Texas. I asked Morgan how many schools were looking at her right now. "TCU, Rice, Texas Tech, Colorado, and Colorado State just to name a few," says Marble Falls' leading scorer.
Marble Falls HS is on a roll this year, and why not with 2 stars like Morgan Shell and Kelsey Ansley leading the way are storming their way to a Texas State playoff berth. "It is going great so far," says Shell. "I think we are 25 and 5 right now 3 game till the end of the season. Hopefully we can make it to the playoff and make it as far as we can."
Making the trip to the 505 with Morgan is Lubbock Lady Hawks Coach Ricky Romero. We met Ricky last year when he brought Kelsey to town and he always drops by the women's message board with updates on Kelsey, so it was great to catch up with Coach Romero and talk about the Lubbock Lady Hawks and of course Morgan Shell.
"Morgan is a pure shooter. She is a very good three point shooter, and has worked very hard on her mid range which has really improved as well as her ability to drive to the hoop, and she is a great free throw shooter" says Romero. "She has a knack for scoring and always finds a way to score."
"Morgan's overall game is blossoming right now, adds Romero. "The thing that she needs to work on the rest of this season and summer before college is consistency with her shot. Only so she can improve on her shooting percentage."
Morgan Shell is definitely a player that UNM along with the rest of the country is standing up and taking notice, but don't think it goes to her head says Coach Romero. "She is an easy going kid, easy to get along with church going kid. They don't get much better then Morgan."
I would like to thank Morgan and her parents for their time Saturday night during their visit and it is easy to see why any school would love to have the Shell family on their roster as they are very nice and polite the whole time. We would like to wish Morgan the best of luck this season and we will be following her recruiting for the next couple of years.
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