Georgia Tech guard Jason Morris doesn’t know yet how his shot will feel when games begin in November. But he already knows he feels much better physically.
“I’m finally back, 90, 95 percent at this point,” Morris said Monday. “It feels good.”
Morris broke his right big toe in a pickup game last July and never completely recovered during the season. He also played with other injuries that he kept private. He estimated he played at about 60 or 70 percent of full capacity. His performance reflected it. He had his moments, but was often a non-factor as his shooting percentage dropped from 41.4 percent as a freshman in the 2010-11 season to 34.6 percent last year. His 3-point percentage fell from 40.0 to 29.2.
“I didn’t feel like I was agile at all, because my foot was messed up from Day One till the last day against Miami,” Morris said.
Morris said his shot feels better thus far, although he’s had to tweak his touch on jumpers because of the continuing strength gains that he has made.
Said coach Brian Gregory, “He’s shot the ball very well in the workouts.”
After arriving in less-than-peak condition a year ago, sophomore forward Julian Royal has made considerable strength gains since the season ended in March.
“You can see it in his body, but you know, one of the biggest things that happens when a guy gets stronger and better conditioned and sees some of the results transferring onto the court, they just gain greater confidence,” Gregory said.
Likes the change
Gregory is a strong proponent of rules changes that, starting this year, have permitted coaches to practice two hours per week over the summer. Gregory and his staff have spent most of the time focused on player development.
“You miss [practice], because for me, the funnest part of the job is to see guys develop and improve, and not only direct them in it, but also just observe that development,” he said. “It’s been a great summer in terms of that.”
Morris said he’s taken peeks into McCamish Pavilion and gives his approval. The floor has been laid down and most of the seats have been installed.
Morris said he loved Alexander Memorial Coliseum because of its history, and that McCamish “definitely has a different feel to it.”
Morris wants to be the first person to dunk in a game.
“I told Daniel (Miller), if he tries to get the first dunk, I’m jumping up and blocking him,” Morris said. “We’re just going to make the (ESPN SportsCenter) ‘Not Top 10′ together.”
Ken Sugiura, Georgia Tech blog