No Changes For Morgan

After the latest additions to OSU's monster basketball recruiting class, many people want to know who might be the players who fill the remaining spots. One candidate is forward Raymar Morgan of Canton McKinley. Kyle Lamb caught up with Morgan, who has been taking a break from basketball before getting back into the thick of things next week. Read on for more.

For many of the top basketball players in the country, the basketball rarely stops. At least for a few days, however, Raymar Morgan is enjoying some time off.

Bucknuts caught up with Canton McKinley's 6-7 forward on Thursday afternoon, and got the latest of his thoughts and plans for the rest of the summer and beyond.

Next week, Morgan will end his relaxation and get ready for another busy month of basketball. He will go to Indianapolis next week, and participate in the Nike Basketball Camp.

After that, AAU basketball will pick back up in full force for the rest of July. His team, the King James Shooting Stars, will go out to Las Vegas among other places, to participate in one of the biggest tournaments of the year.

For now, however, Morgan has been relaxing and working out with his high school team. His original plan was to possibly take some college visits this summer.

That has been put on hold.

"I've just been mainly staying at home, working out, and playing with my high school team," Morgan said. "I think I'll probably take visits when my school starts back up."

The list of schools Morgan could visit remains largely unchanged. Any visits would come from a select few schools.

"I'm still looking at Ohio State, Michigan State, Michigan, and North Carolina," Morgan said. "Also I'm looking at Connecticut and Cincinnati as well."

For the past several months, Morgan has been going back and forth on favoring Michigan State and Ohio State, while Michigan has remained in the picture.

It seems like every time something new happens, Morgan's favorite changes. Right now, however, the Spartans and Buckeyes seem to be in a dead heat.

One thing that helped Ohio State's cause was the commitments of Lawrence (Ind.) North's Mike Conley and Greg Oden on Wednesday. Morgan reacted.

"It's amazing, actually," he said when asked of his initial reaction. "Those two guys are great players and it just really made my interest level (in Ohio State) even higher than before."

Morgan first gave a similar reaction when Ohio players Daequan Cook, and weeks later, David Lighty, committed to Ohio State.

He was asked to compare the similarities and differences of his top schools.

"They are all pretty similar really," Morgan explained. "Michigan State's players are really cool, but I like Ohio State's coaches a lot. They are about even really."

Canton McKinley, the defending state champions in Division I, is hoping that Morgan will help lead them through a vigorous schedule which includes Cincinnati North College Hill, as well as a match up against Oak Hill Academy, from Mouth of Wilson, Va., in the Marshall County Hoopfest in Kentucky later this season.

By then, it might be insert-team-here-commitment, Raymar Morgan.

"I hope I can decide this fall and make my choice," Morgan said. "I want to get it done before the season if possible."

For Morgan's sake, that might be a good idea. Much like the basketball never stops, the recruiting never stops either.

It hasn't been all relaxation for Morgan. He and his McKinley team won the And One High School team tournament championship in Philadelphia this past weekend.

Morgan was named the tournament MVP after scoring a game-high 26 points to go with 10 rebounds, three assists and three blocks in the championship win over Lakewood (Calif.) Artesia.

He added 17 points and nine boards in the Midwest I regional final win over Taft, which gave McKinley its third straight regional title in this event.

"His play all weekend long was exemplary," said McKinley head coach David Hoover. "He's just a great player who can do a lot of different things."

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