One of the state’s top juniors talks about UGA and Georgia Tech

Morris plays "above the rim" (AJC photo)

Morris plays "above the rim" (AJC photo)

Brandon Morris is rapidly rising up the charts as one of the nation’s top college basketball prospects for 2012.

The 6-foot-7, 200-pounder is one of the star attractions for Miller Grove High, which is ranked No. 3 in the nation by USA TODAY.

Morris has around 10 early offers, including Florida, UGA, Clemson, Auburn, North Carolina State. He has not been offered by Georgia Tech, but is considering the possibility of playing close to home. He talked about both schools.

Morris on Georgia: “It’s a good offer. I’ll give them a good look. My mom and uncle both said it’s a good place to go.”

On Georgia Tech: “I heard they were showing interest [in me]. I really don’t know if I would be interested in going there. While I want to play close to home, I’ve seen the way that Georgia Tech plays and I think it would be hard for me to fit in with their program …” Morris also said he didn’t like how Georgia Tech was using his close friend and former Miller Grove teammate Mfon Udofia.

Morris plays in the shadows of his heralded teammate at Miller Grove, Tony Parker. The 6-9, 270-pound Parker is a U.S. Junior Olympian with more than 50 offers, including Duke, Georgia Tech, and UGA.

Miller Grove Brandon Morris 1

Morris is the prototype at swingman, and plays “above the rim” in a way which reminds many of former South Atlanta star Derrick Favors. Morris has incredible body control while elevated, always finding a way to create shooting opportunities.  He averages 11 points and 7 rebounds on a team that goes 10 deep on the bench.

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35 comments Add your comment

Ken

January 11th, 2011
6:00 am

An Atlanta-area basketball star that wants to stay close to home, and, despite all of the advantages of attending GT, it doesn’t appeal to him because the program is in such shambles. That’s a pretty strong indictment. This is a new low for us.

jackyldo

January 11th, 2011
7:18 am

Be haard to fit in at GT and he does not like the way they are using a former teammate. Does not say much for a pipeline from Milton to Tech.

Wonder if Tony Parker feels the same ?

Go get em Mark Fox build a National power in Athens..

dawgerbrown

January 11th, 2011
7:28 am

What a great opportunity to play close to home at UGA, get the real college experience, be on a team that is on the rise, and still be close enough for friends and family to come watch him play. Let’s get Parker committed and then Morris. They can play together in high school and lead their team to a title, then do the same in college. GO DAWGS! GO FOX HOUNDS!

Destin Dawg

January 11th, 2011
8:00 am

Parade magazine ” UGA #3 large State University education… plus big time sports “.. in wonderful Athens.. ” a great college town “… up and coming powerhouse BBall program with coach Fox… Go Dawgs !!!

bitter dawg fan

January 11th, 2011
8:40 am

bring that game and lets raise our game to the next level!!!!!

PS mark fox will make you a pro, sign and dign

Travis Leslie?

January 11th, 2011
8:44 am

“Plays above the rim,” “incredible body control,” sounds like a taller version of Travis Leslie.

GT man

January 11th, 2011
9:34 am

Hopefully, we will have a new coach that will go after the stars that want to stay close to home. Hewitt hasnt offered, because the young man will probably want to stay 4 years.

Jim

January 11th, 2011
10:12 am

Ken, in all seriousness, what are the advantages of going to Tech?

Connie Lingous

January 11th, 2011
10:38 am

Hey, jackyldo – Miller Grove Bro, not Milton

Are you kidding?

January 11th, 2011
10:38 am

I don’t like the way Georgia Tech handles Mfon either. He should be riding the bench. He struggles to his right and wasn’t able to feed Favors or Lawal effectively last year.

blazer

January 11th, 2011
11:14 am

He sees the way tech plays- Geez! anyone got 7 million???

Gordon

January 11th, 2011
11:41 am

Let me answer that question, Jim.

Playing in the ACC in basketball.

Playing in the city of Atlanta.

Playing for a school with an excellent track record for putting people in the NBA.

Being part of an excellent school.

About to have a brand new arena.

Having said all that, if I were this kid I would go to UGA unless Hewitt is fired this spring. Once he is, Tech will be back as the best program in this state. We have more NCAA appearances, more final four appearances, and have a winning overall record against UGA. Things will get back to normal as soon as Hewitt is gone, which is at the end of next year at the latest and hopefully at the end of this year.

Sven Ottke

January 11th, 2011
11:42 am

Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha. That was a good one destindog. Powerhouse program at UGa. Made me laugh……..Oh….you were serious? Ha, ha, ha, ha. Made me laugh even harder.

Gordon

January 11th, 2011
11:43 am

Mfon was rated as the 6th best point guard in the nation when he came to Tech. Now what do you think the problem is? Ask Anthony Morrow, who excelled in high school and the NBA but disappeared in college.

David

January 11th, 2011
12:11 pm

He will be a jacket if we want him. Hewitt is going to be fired soon!

Stockdog

January 11th, 2011
12:30 pm

Gordon is right. As long as Hewitt is the Coach at Tech, they will continue to misuse their players. I am a dawg fan that lives in Atlanta and enjoyed watching Tech play BBall under Cremins. I prefer UGA to continue winning at BBall, but anyone can see that Hewitt needs to go, this is pathetic at Tech. With that said, I hope the kid makes the right choice and goes to Georgia.

Jim

January 11th, 2011
12:37 pm

Gordon,

To each his own, UGA has some great advantages as well. Long live Paul Hewitt and the genius that gave him that contract!!

David

January 11th, 2011
2:54 pm

Hewitt sucks but you’re an idiot if you think Hewitt ruined Morrow. Dude was a lights out shooter in college and injuries plaqued him his junior and senior year. He still is the ACC’s all time leading 3 point shooter.

Serious L Y

January 11th, 2011
3:20 pm

What I don’t understand is why all these kids keep going to Tech anyway.Its pretty obvious. Is Morris just smarter than all the rest. I.E. Julian Royal,Derrick Favors, Chris Bosh, etc

Doc

January 11th, 2011
5:06 pm

He can either play for a coach who will leave for a better program as soon as possible or a coach who’ll get fired as soon as the boosters pony up $7 million.

south

January 11th, 2011
5:52 pm

all you so called Tech fans are full of it…take it from someone fairly close to the program…Hewitt isn’t going anywhere and it’s not because of the perpetual contract

It’s because he’s an excellent recruiter, coach, and role model for these kids…yes, he’s had a couple of tough years, but he had last years underachieving team playing in the ACC Champ game.

I hope you will support him and the team instead of spreading this negative BS which you haven’t a clue of what you speak

gt

January 11th, 2011
6:24 pm

@south did hewitt pay you to say that??

I know the real deal! He’s afraid the kids will jet on him after one year so he screws them over.

One On One With The Great One

January 11th, 2011
6:48 pm

I guess its not about the education anymore, as long as you can play on national tv and have that shot at the pros, fall 2 years short of graduating because there are no jobs oppotunities because you majored in basket weaving.

Pope UGA XXIII

January 11th, 2011
6:55 pm

Where’s Tech going to scrape up the money to pay off Hewitt’s
contract ? I thought they had to set aside a million or two in a
reserve fund to pay for the 2 hot dogs, Cokes, and program to
entice people to come watch the football team !!!

Rodney Dangerfield

January 11th, 2011
7:31 pm

Tech basketball has hit rock bottom. The saddest thing is that there is no hope for the future. Why go to Tech. I use to love Tech basketball but I cannot watch that crap anymore. It is Tech’s edition of Groundhog Day. Different day but same old missed free throws, more TO’s than assists, cannot dribble or pass, and when the crap hit’s the fan someone is more likely to throw it out of bounds or dribble off their foot. I will stop crying now.

sorry david but your wrong on morrow

January 11th, 2011
7:53 pm

if you had a chance to read the nba article on morrow you would have seen coach don nelson say that morrow was off the nba radar because he was not coached well in college. he specifically stated that morrow did not know how to effectively use screens in one of his comments.

speaking of screens……. when is the last time you saw our ‘lights’ out ‘good shooting’ group of guards use a screen for a 3? there is a reason why we once again are at the bottom of the conference not only in shooting but in 3 point fg percentage.

coach

January 11th, 2011
8:58 pm

honestly, the college game and NBA game is different. I prefer college where defense is played. it appears to me that no offense is ranin the NBA. Everybody offense is the same. So morrow game matured in the NBA because no defense and plenty of one on one play. Look, the ACC is stacked in college with Duke, tar heels, VT, FSU, etc….. So the NBA isoverrated with a bunch of soft players….exampe. Lebron, Wade, Kobe, Melo etc… They couldnt play in the early 80’s to 90’s.

coach

January 11th, 2011
9:00 pm

how good is morris, never saw him play?

coach

January 11th, 2011
9:01 pm

kig a question before the tender haert MGS fans start complaining.

bigboy

January 11th, 2011
10:37 pm

all you people that keep talking about miller grove and milton better look at SOUTH GWIENNTT because they have two kids that can play with out the SO CALL BIG NAME and I will give you they name Kevin Haynes one of the best PG in high school, he can lock down the 1-2-3 and can put the ball in the hoop on anybody and is avg 12 to 15 points/ 8-10 A”s 5 to 8 reb: 3 stl”s per game and you have the best junior in the state of Ga in K, DAVIS that can give you 20 to 30 points and get 10 to 15 reb”s a game.

lawdawg

January 12th, 2011
9:05 am

Paul Hewitt=Mark Richt

fire paul hewitt

January 12th, 2011
10:07 am

Just can’t blame the kid..who would really want to play for Hewitt. I’ve been a GT fan since 59 and I will not go are support the Team as long as Hewitt is there. Praying Rads will get the money to move Bewitt. Until then I can’t blame anyone for not coming to GT..to play are watch. Paul is a joke!

GT fan

January 12th, 2011
10:24 am

A new building will not put a winner on the floor…I’d rather have a new coach than a new building..fire PH..

Dawgtards ruin this state

January 13th, 2011
3:30 pm

I agree with lawdawg, both good recruiters, both seem like good family people – but after a few years the lack of coaching ability becomes obvious. They can’t win with great talent or coach up good talent.

Paul Hewitt=Mark Richt

11-0-1 1990 National Champs

January 13th, 2011
3:31 pm

No way we open the new building with him as coach. No season ticket holders will renew. The current place is already half empty.