Chicago has been a recent hotbed of activity for SMU recruitment. Sterling Brown and Ben Moore both are Chicago natives who recently have come to play for Larry Brown, and SMU is in on a number of members of the Class of 2014 and 2015 from the area.
One member of the junior class is Edward Morrow, a three-star power forward out of Simeon who holds an offer from the Ponies.
The 6-foot-6, 200-pound Morrow plays his AAU ball for Mac Irvin Fire, a team coached by Nick Irvin that has received a lot of attention from the Mustangs. Sterling Brown played his AAU ball for the Fire and Zach Norvell, Pat McCaw and Jalen Brunson all currently hold SMU offers.
This is Irvin's first year coaching Morrow, who was a part of the Meanstreets program with fellow SMU targets Dominique and Charles Matthews before joining Mac Irvin Fire, and right away he was impressed with his hustle.
"My first impression when I watched him with his high school team, I didn't know exactly what he could do but I knew he had a motor," Irvin said. "I knew he played hard and he gets after it and I knew he was good around the basket.
"And that's when I explained it to him, ‘I'm going to have you in the game more around the perimeter and have you shooting jump shots.' I told him that's one thing I was gonna have him work on was his ball handling and shooting. He did a good job for me this summer doing it."
This drive and willingness to do the little things like diving on the court after a loss ball are what makes Morrow think SMU is such a good match.
"He liked SMU a lot. He got offered this summer and he liked them a lot," Irvin said. "He liked that they play hard, grimy basketball. Edward is the kind of worker that every coach loves on their teams. He's physical, he's tough, he can get after it on both ends of the floor and he's just relentless."
From the way Irvin describes it, it seems Morrow would fit right into that style and be a similar player to freshman standout Ben Moore.
Along with SMU, Morrow currently holds offers from Bradley, Iowa, Massachusetts, Nebraska and Illinois-Chicago. He also has received interest from Michigan State, Wisconsin, Georgetown and DePaul. According to Irvin, Morrow has no favorites and is just looking for the right fit.
"Edward's looking for where he can get playing time, where he can enhance his game, and where he can fit in with the guys and the chemistry," Irvin said. "Edward is a good guy and a good teammate. He comes from a winning tradition from his high school and the AAU circuits. He just wants to continue his success and winning and being a part of something great."
Morrow will not be making any decision soon, which gives Larry Brown and company plenty of time to keep working on the Chicago-area big man.
"He's going to take time with him being a junior," Irvin said. "I talked to his mom and dad, and I don't think they're going to rush things. They're going to let it develop and help him pick the right school."
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