Tech’s Morris free of injury

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.”

Getting stronger

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.”

Coming soon

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

15 comments Add your comment

5150 UOAD

July 30th, 2012
6:30 pm

Ready to see some good Bball again in a nice new place.

charles

July 30th, 2012
6:48 pm

That would maybe be the funniest not top 10 ever provided we win the home opener

Brian

July 30th, 2012
10:14 pm

I really can’t wait to visit McCamish Pavillion in person and get our home court advantage back.

Paul in NH

July 30th, 2012
10:27 pm

I thought that Morris showed a great deal of promise as a FR but never progressed as a SO – I didn’t realize he had some injury issues. Hopefully he will show plenty of improvement this year

T

July 31st, 2012
12:36 am

Gregory is slowly getting us back to where we need to be. Our program will have a very talented team in the next few seasons. The young guys coming in this year will probably surprise a few people in the ACC. I am interested to see how Udofia develops in his last year, and how Miller and Morris have improved. I think this team could make the NIT, and build on it from there with the addition of the highly touted PG from Jacksonville, and a few of the other kids that Gregory is recruiting. I cant wait to see the team playing in a brand new arena.

Harvey from Docs

July 31st, 2012
6:45 am

First time in a long time I’ve looked forward to Bball season.

ToeMeetsLeather

July 31st, 2012
7:24 am

Thanks for the BBall update Ken. I knew something was up with Morris last year. Thanks for filling us in on the details.

Can’t wait to see this program progress over the next few years in our state of the art facility. Seeing our program drop to the depths that it did under the prior regime was painful for this fan. Here’s to better and exciting days ahead!

old tech grad

July 31st, 2012
8:01 am

Like “Harvey from the Docs” I am for the first time in a long time getting excited about BB at Tech. The new players recruited and the change in attitude fostered by Gregory should start to show in the win column next year.

Football first however. LOL

juvenal

July 31st, 2012
8:33 am

football drags on too long with all the reviews, & the injury debacle will trickle down if the lawyers get any traction vs. the nfl—looking forward to a team that hits FTs & avoids TOs…….

Born2Buzz

July 31st, 2012
10:15 am

I’ve toured the new Thriller Dome and it is going to be fantastic. Can’t wait to see Morris get the first dunk, although he is going to be fighting with his teammates to get it. He might have to block Miller, Holsey & Royal to get it. Maybe even Carter and Hunt. He’ll set a record for blocks in a single game, if they count against his own team. Ha!
This team is going to be so much better than last years team. Looking forward to a great year on the Flats.

gt4ever

July 31st, 2012
11:42 am

Can Miller Dunk a Basketball…?

Ken Sugiura

July 31st, 2012
1:27 pm

i’ve got more stuff than this that i’ll try to post before too long. i’ve seen daniel miller dunk.
i also took a tour yesterday and will try to get some pics up.

Robert Barron

August 1st, 2012
7:50 pm

I was wondering what was wrong with Jason Morris last year.
I had season tickets to his freshman season and liked what I saw.
I had second row seats and imagined he played better when I encouraged him.
Some of us fans like to believe such silliness.
Gets us to yell louder.

Robert Barron

August 1st, 2012
7:52 pm

Pick up games appear to be hazardous to our team though, last year and this upcoming year too.

William Casey

August 2nd, 2012
11:05 am

I’m excited about the team’s prospects as well as the new facility. I’ll miss Alexander for nostalgic reasons since I saw my first game there in ‘61 but it was time. I like the toughness that CBG is bringing to the team as well as his recruiting. It’s also nice to have a senior point guard and some depth. The NIT is a reasonable goal for 2012-2013, NCAA’s year after.