Morris Twins Impress In IS8 Playoffs

Reporter Mike Sullivan reviews the games and performances of Marcus and Markieff Morris ...

SOUTH JAMAICA, N.Y. -- This past weekend Kansas recruits Marcus and Markieff Morris played for the Unique All Stars in the IS8 playoffs.

Below are reviews of each of the games for both Jayhawk bound players:

GAME ONE: In a game against Mount Vernon High School, both twins were impressive. Markieff handled the defensive chores against West Virginia bound recruit Kevin Jones, a 6-foot-7 improving forward. Jones has an inside/outside game and likes to place his body close to the basket for turnaround jumpers.

Markieff pushed Kevin off his comfort spots most of the game despite Jones' 25 points. They were well-earned points as the bigger Markieff leaned on Kevin and made him shot from further out on the perimeter.

Markieff also was very active around the basket, picking up six blocks and 15 rebounds. In addition, he scored 16 points to lead his team.

MARCUS MORRIS: Marcus scored 15 points, including three shots from the perimeter (a three-pointer among the three connections).

He has a higher skill level than his brother from the perimeter and handling the ball. Occasionally, against pressure from the Mount Vernon guards, Marcus was called upon to bring the ball up.

GAME TWO: In a game against a more quick and smaller team in the New York Panthers junior team, Markieff got himself into foul trouble. Eventually, he fouled out in the fourth quarter with two minutes to play.

His team held the lead halfway through the fourth quarter before Panthers' guard Omari Lawrence swooped in for four straight baskets. Lawrence is a highly regarded prospect who has many big name offers already.

Markieff finished the game with six points and 12 rebounds. He blocked five shots.

MARCUS MORRIS: Marcus was more active than his twin, utilizing his perimeter and size in going to the basket for layups. Marcus scored 23 points and knocked home a few perimeter shots, including one three-pointer.

Lead guard Taran Buie left the Unique All Stars for their quarterfinal playoff game so Marcus spent much more time handling the rock from the backcourt up to the frontcourt. This didn't seem to bother his game one bit.

CONCLUSION: The Morris twins obviously have good chemistry together on the court. They know where each other is and seem to find a way to get the ball in proper spots.

The event they competed in features a smaller court, forcing bigger players to make some tough decisions. The decisions being that it's awfully crowded near the paint inside the small gym and to get room or a clear lane for an entry pass, one has to move your offensive spot higher out.

Occasionally, Markieff would find himself in the corners, handling the ball. His obvious best asset is his size and ability to score around the basket.

"They are extremely talented and skilled players," said Unique All Star head coach Torrel Harris. "I think they will fit in great at Kansas because the coaches there will make sure they are in the proper spots offensively."

Harris is correct. Bill Self has two very high skilled players. Each of them possesses the perimeter game to drop in occasional threes. But they are big size players who can create mismatches all night for Self and his national championship team. This is the atractive part of the twins' game -- size and skills.

Marcus appears more diversified to provide an offensive impact with his ballhandling, shooting, and passing while Markieff can help Kansas on the boards and blocking shots.


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