Morris joins Huskies

It's a strange time for Washington basketball. High school players from across the country are listing the Huskies as one of their top schools on a regular basis and just this past fall, head coach Lorenzo Romar and his staff brought home one of the best classes in the country.

Just because their roster is loaded up and down with talent, that doesn't mean the Dawgs aren't still looking to add a talented player if he fits their needs. Enter Stanford's Tim Morris who decided this past weekend to transfer to UW on his visit to campus.

"I took a visit to Washington this weekend," Morris told Dawgman.com. "It was mostly business because I'm looking at going to junior college for summer and fall quarter so I'll only have to sit out one year rather than two. I'll go to North Seattle Community College and then enroll at Washington in winter.

"After summer and fall quarter I'll have my AA degree."

Morris said if he had stayed at Stanford, he would have graduated next spring, but he said he was just ready to move on.

"It was a really hard decision," Morris lamented. "It's one of the best institutions in the world and my sister is here with me, but it just seemed that Washington was the best place for me to go.

"I'll have a scholarship my first year and maybe one my second year. It just depends on how things follow through."

One reason for Morris' interest in the Dawgs was Romar and the fact that he has known him for a while.

"He's my cousin," Morris said. "I went to his Pepperdine camp when I was 12 years old and then his St. Louis camp when he was there so we've known each other for a little while."

This weekend, on his visit, Morris spent more time clearing up his academic hurdles than getting to know the school, but he did manage to fit some time with some of his soon-to-be teammates.

"I hung out with the whole team," Morris recalled. "I spent some time with Ryan Appleby and talked to him for a while and Justin Dentmon and Harvey (Perry). It wasn't your typical visit because I knew I wanted to go there. It wasn't like high school where they have to sell you on going there and what kind of shoes you'd wear and what the uniforms look like and stuff like that.

"On Friday I watched practice and on Saturday me, Justin and Harvey played at the Rec center with some regular students so that was fun."

Morris' line from the 2005-2006 season included eight starts and 20.5 minutes per game. He shot 39% from the field – including 17.4% from behind the arc – and averaged five points per game.

"I'm an aggressive player, I like to score and I like to create," Morris said. "The best part of my game is going to the hoop, but I can still shoot it a little bit too. My best game was against the University of Washington my reshirt freshman year (2004-2005) and Gonzaga this year."

Morris also has fond memories of the famous, or infamous depending on your affiliation, Dawgpack.

"I remember the first time I came up there, regardless of me thinking about going there, and I was like ‘Whoa this is a nice place to play' even though the crowd was against me, but I really liked it a lot."

Now that crowd will be cheering for him and he can't wait to wear the purple and gold.

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