Boeheim Makes Call on High-Flyer

There is a bevy of major programs recruiting Hotchkiss School (CT) junior Jason Morris, including Syracuse. It was unclear whether the Orange staff was truly interested in Morris – until last week, that is.


"Syracuse called me the other night. I'm not sure how serious their interest is, but that's something we'll fund out. I spoke to Jim Boeheim and he told me that they'll be watching him, that they really liked him at the LeBron James Academy and they're going to take a close look at him to see how he would fit into their program," said Phillip Morris, father of Jason.

The younger Morris is a 6-foot-4, 175-pound small forward and native of Georgia with no lack of college suitors: Georgia, Georgia Tech and Clemson are among several that have already offered, while Georgetown, Texas, Stanford, Villanova, Boston College, Auburn and Virginia are all either have offered or shown interest.

"For me, it's pretty amazing. I'm a big fan of basketball anyway and to be on the phone with a Jim Boeheim, who I've watched over the years, is pretty incredible," Phillip Morris said.

Jason, who attends the academically elite Hotchkiss School, is in no rush to make a decision, his father said, and won't necessarily be looking to stay regional for college.

"Right now, it's wide open. Jason is just starting to look at things like what his major might be and the basketball programs. For us, it's not just basketball, it's also academic. He's beginning to look at what a school has to offer … He's going to look at the academics, the basketball programs, the other players that are coming in his year, the coaching staff, all of those things.

"As his dad and with him going to school in Connecticut, it is a major factor but ultimately it's him that will go to the school," he said.

Morris is ranked the No. 9 small forward in the Class of 2010 by Scout.com. After a trip to Clemson's Elite Camp, Tigers coach Oliver Purnell told Phillip Morris that his son was the most athletic player he'd ever had at the camp. He also sports a vertical in the 40-inch range.

Recruiters "love his athletic ability. The boy can fly, flat out. I grew up in New York playing with a lot of players who played major college basketball, and I refereed for a time, but he" tops them all.

"To be honest, he can play a lot of positions," Hotchkiss School Fred Benjamin told Scout.com's Dave Telep last month. "In the halfcourt, he's great off the catch because of the momentum. Last year I played him at the point and he was breaking people down. He can do so many things.

"I think sometimes people don't get a chance to see what he can do. Since I've coached him, I haven't seen a kid on the floor who was better in the sense of what he can do. He's patient and he's a team-oriented player."

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