Marcus Morris Preparing For Next Challenge

Reporter Mike Sullivan spoke to Marcus Morris about his next challenge ...

The challenge of playing for the National Champion Kansas basketball program is an exciting thought for Marcus Morris, a 6-foot-9, 210-pound forward from Apex Academy in Pennsauken, New Jersey.

"It was exciting to watch the (NCAA) tournament and watch their big run," Marcus said. "I love watching the team play and the style. It was one of the reasons why I wanted to play for Coach (Bill) Self."

While the run to winning the National Championship elevated Marcus' desire to get to the campus even sooner, the rumors of Bill Self departing dampened some of the jubilation at first. "He called me to tell me it wasn't true," Marcus said. "But when you first here them you get down. But he reassured me he was going to stay."

What Bill Self and the Kansas staff have in Morris is an impact player who can do many different responsibilities on the court. He handles the ball well for a big man and can make an impact around the basket.

"When Markieff (his twin brother) and I decided we wanted to play together, I can to find another position," Marcus said. "So I worked early on with my ballhandling and my shooting. I feel I can play several positions and help the team out in a lot of ways."

Marcus said he is always working on many parts of his game. "It's going to be a challenge to earn playing time," he said. "But this is the best way to look at it. I want to help Kansas win another National Championship. It was great watching it this year on television. Now, it would be great to have a chance to be part of it."

He has his chance starting next season for Self and the Kansas fans. "They love their basketball there and know the game," he said. "It's a great atmosphere. I can't wait to be a part of it."

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