All-Big Ten preview: Raymar Morgan

  • 07/30/2007 12:01 am in

Raymar MorganAs we told you last Tuesday, Inside the Hall will be counting down the days to Midnight Madness by giving you our preseason look at the 2007-2008 Big Ten Men’s Basketball season.

For the next five weeks, we’ll reveal one player from our preseason All-Big Ten team. This portion of the preview will culminate on August 27, when we reveal our pick for Big Ten Player of the Year.

Now, onto the festivities.

This first selection was really a no-brainer, Raymar Morgan of Michigan State. Morgan was a member of last year’s Big Ten All-Freshman team as selected by the league coaches.

He was the second leading scorer for the Spartans, averaging 11.7 points per contest. This summer, he played with the USA Basketball 19-and-under World Championship team that captured a Silver Medal in Serbia.

Pairing Morgan with Drew Neitzel, Travis Walton, Marquise Gray and their stacked incoming freshman class will surely have Spartan fans thinking Big Ten title.

The best thing about Morgan’s game is his versatility. While not a great shooter from beyond the arc (he only hit five threes last season), the 6’7″, 220 pound forward possesses a nice stroke from 15 to 18 feet.

What makes him most dangerous is that he attacks the basket relentlessly. When he gets all the way to the rim, he can finish with the best of them. He’s a tough matchup because he can shoot over smaller defenders and drive right around defenders his size.

On the defensive side of the ball, he’s a workhorse than can defend any position. This is probably what Coach Tom Izzo appreciates about him the most.

So there you have it, we’re off and running with our All-Big Ten preview. We’ll continue the preview next week when we reveal the second piece of our All-Big Ten team.

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  • J.B.

    One item that you mentioned that some B10 fans may not know – Ray’s athleticism. He had a stress reaction in his leg early last year that had him out a couple games and he never got back his full lift compared to season’s beginning. A few of those layups in traffic next year will be dunks.

  • J.B.

    One item that you mentioned that some B10 fans may not know – Ray’s athleticism. He had a stress reaction in his leg early last year that had him out a couple games and he never got back his full lift compared to season’s beginning. A few of those layups in traffic next year will be dunks.

  • step right

    I am interested to see who your other four are going to be. You have to put Neitzel in there(I would argue for pre-season POY), White, and I’m guessing Gordon. Who else? Butler, Smith, Claxton? Stay tuned I suppose…

  • step right

    I am interested to see who your other four are going to be. You have to put Neitzel in there(I would argue for pre-season POY), White, and I’m guessing Gordon. Who else? Butler, Smith, Claxton? Stay tuned I suppose…

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  • Hoosiers4Life

    What do you mean ruin it by marking Air Gordon as pre-season POY? EJ is probably the most all around talented player in the Big 10 and possibly the nation. His skill set is unreal, and he has a lot more potential. Just wait until he is coached by someone who can develop his skills. If he were to stay around and play as a sophomore(which he won’t) he would be a man among children on the college level. Wait and see, just a few weeks to go!

  • Hoosiers4Life

    What do you mean ruin it by marking Air Gordon as pre-season POY? EJ is probably the most all around talented player in the Big 10 and possibly the nation. His skill set is unreal, and he has a lot more potential. Just wait until he is coached by someone who can develop his skills. If he were to stay around and play as a sophomore(which he won’t) he would be a man among children on the college level. Wait and see, just a few weeks to go!

  • The_Real_Assembly_Hall

    Hated him, yet loved him as a player.