It's been tough lately for Rutgers basketball fans. Fred Hill has begun to whet their appetites, and given them a chance to glimpse a future that has started to look brighter than any a while. Now fans can imagine Corey Chandler finishing on the break off a nifty feed from Mike Coburn, or Mike Rosario torching opponents from downtown, or Olu Ashaolu cleaning up on the glass and jamming home one of those Rosario shots that didn't go down.
Thus it's become difficult to be patient lately when one of the most frequently mentioned names still hasn't come out and said that he's going to be a Scarlet Knight. After all, Rutgers fans would seem to have every reason these days to believe that Christian Morris, the 6'8 270 pound man-child originally from the Bronx but now attending the South Kent School in Conn., will become the latest piece in the reconstruction of RU hoops.
Most everything that RU fans have been hearing recently is how RU leads for his services, and how he is a frequent visitor to the Rutgers campus. "Christian", I said, "I hear you were up at Rutgers last Wednesday. How did that go?" "Good', he replied, "I was up there yesterday too". "Oh really?" And would it be safe to assume to RU leads for your services? "Yeah", he said, "they are the leader".
Everything about Christian and RU these days seem perfect together. His relationship with the team, particularly with Fred Hill's first RU recruit, Hamady N'diaye, seems quite strong, as is his relationship with assistant coach Craig Carter, who he has known for four years. He will have an opportunity for immediate playing. Still, Morris will keep RU fans on the edge of their seats, as he still plans on waiting before actually puling the trigger.
"Christian, is there anything that you'd like to say to all the Rutgers fans that are waiting and hoping, that are hearing how great it seems to be going between you and RU, and that want you to become a Scarlet Knight?" He paused for a moment, and said with a slight chuckle, "Be patient!"