Morrow Attracting Heavy College Attention

Those on the AAU circuit won't see much, if any, of Anthony Morrow - but the N.C. State staff has seen enough of the local product to come away impressed.

Morrow, a 6-5, 187-pound swingman from Charlotte Latin (N.C.), may not have received a ton of national exposure - but he's captured the attention of some big-time programs, including the Wolfpack, Georgia Tech, UConn and Tennessee.

The scouting report on Morrow, according to his high school coach and former Clemson head man Jerry Faulkner, is as follows:

``He can hurt you offensively in so many ways. He's 6-5, has long arms and he can take you off the dribble or post you up and hit a little jump shook inside. He shoots it extremely well and every coach I talk to, they talk about his shooting ability. That's the difference between him and the other players. He can shoot it so well."

``He's so hard to guard because if you put a quick guy on him, he'll post them up and if you put a big guy on him, he'll take you outside, shoot a 3 or take them off the dribble."

Morrow, who is one of only four players to play on varsity as a ninth-grader in Faulkner's 29-year prep tenure, averaged 24 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists while shooting 42 percent from beyond the arc and knocking down 85 percent of his free throws.

However, the thing that impresses the veteran coach the most is Morrow's attitude.

``I've been in the locker room with him when he scored 35 and had 11 and there's been absolutely no difference," Faulkner said. "He's the same person regardless. Everything depends on how the team does. He's extremely unselfish and such a competitor."

Morrow played for the Charlotte Nets in the past, but with some input from his mother, he has decided to focus on individual workouts and his academics rather than hit the AAU circuit this summer.

``There's just not a lot of loyalty," he said. "Guys are switching teams all the time. Part of it is financial, but I think I can get more out of individual stuff instead of getting home late and not getting my homework done. Now I'll have more time to focus on the SAT."

Morrow, who is hoping to work on his pull-up jumper, defense and also add mental and physical strength this summer, said that N.C. State, Georgia Tech and Charlotte have each offered a scholarship while schools such as Uconn and Tennessee still need to evaluate him before extending an offer.

``The thing for me is how I feel when I'm on campus," Morrow said. "The people around me and the coaches. The main thing is whether I like the people."

``I like both Coach (Herb) Sendek and Coach (Paul) Hewitt and both of those schools have communication internships for commentating," he added. "I want to go down to visit N.C. State, but I really like their coaches and their style of play."

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