Coveted Big Man Says Yes to RU

Christian Morris has been on a roll lately, and that momentum is contagious. Fresh off an MVP performance at the Eastern Invitational, the Bronx native has put the Rutgers Scarlet Knights back on track after ending weeks of speculation and verballing to the Big East program earlier on Monday.

Christian Morris has been on a roll lately, and that momentum is contagious.  Fresh off an MVP performance at the Eastern Invitational, the Bronx native now has the Rutgers Scarlet Knights on a roll by ending weeks of speculation and verballing to the school that has been the front-runner for his services all along.  SOR spoke with Christian Morris to get the inside scoop on his commitment to RU.

"I talked about it with my mom, and a close friend of mine", said Christian Morris.  "We just felt that the time was right to get it done.  RU has been there the whole time, and now I can just concentrate on my schoolwork.  I want everything to be right when the time comes for me to go to college.  I don't want there to be any problems.  I want to be eligible to play right away."  Morris then added that the chance to rebuild a program rather than going to an already "established" program was part of the appeal of RU.

"I like to be challenged", he said.  "I want to go to a program that needs to be uplifted.  I believe in myself, and what I can do.  I believe I can help put this program back on the map".  However, for as much talent and self-confidence as Morris may possess, no single player can turn around a program single-handedly, and the pieces that Fred Hill and the RU staff have already been putting together clearly played a role in his decision.  "With guys like Corey Chandler and Mike Rosario and now myself, yeah, we're going to get it done, definitely", he said.  However, it may have been words and the presence of a returning player that may have had the biggest effect.

"I was talking to Hamady", he said, referring to RU's sophomore center Hamady N'diaye.  "He was making some good points.  He said that if I come here and then we get it done, that our names will be up there, that we will really be remembered here".  Clearly then, the magnitude of the task at hand – and the potential rewards – are things not lost on Christian Morris.  So what has the young man, who most critics say simply needs to lose some weight to be an eventual major factor in Big East play, been doing to get in optimal shape and stay that way?

"I've been keeping active, working real hard.  I don't drink soda, just juices – pineapple juice, cranberry juice.  I've been watching what I eat, going to the park every day, working on my game.  I know there is going to be an opportunity for me to come in and play right away, and I want to make the most of that chance".  So even though the kind of workouts that Christian Morris is putting himself through will be nothing like the workouts he will encounter when he's at RU, Rutgers fans have to be extremely gratified that they are getting a player that A) fills an obvious need, B) believes in himself to such to a strong degree, and C) is already taking it upon himself to be as well-prepared as he can possibly be.

When SOR last spoke with Christian Morris, his commitment to RU seemed like it might possibly be months away.  He was asked then if he had any words for the RU faithful, and his reply was to "Be patient".  Now that he has committed to the Scarlet Knights, he was asked if he'd like to tell them anything else.  Rutgers fans will no doubt feel that their patience is going to be rewarded upon learning that Christian Morris quite confidently said, "(Tell them) it's going to be a major turnaround".

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