Q & A: 2013 Flint Beecher’s Monte Morris talks IU

2013 Flint (MI) Beecher point guard Monte Morris just finished up his junior season where he was named the Michigan Class C player of the year for the second consecutive time.

The 6-foot-1 Morris averaged 19.5 points per game and dished out 4.3 assists as Beecher went undefeated and beat St. Francis 74-60 for the Class C championship on Mar. 24. Morris had 18 points, seven rebounds and six assists in the state title game.

Inside the Hall caught up with Morris, the No. 48 player in the 2013 class according to Scout.com, to get the latest on his recruitment that now includes Indiana:

On the Hoosier coaching staff watching him workout on Thursday:

“It was a real good workout. I thought I had a good workout in front of Tom Crean. I’m adding Indiana to my list of schools. I’m taking it all in and I really like Indiana.”

On how long IU has been recruiting him:

“I knew they were interested in recruiting me. I’d heard from them (last summer) and then there was a point where I hadn’t heard from them and I didn’t know if they were still going to recruit me or not. Now they’re telling me they’ve been interested. They want me to come down next week (for an unofficial visit).”

On his thoughts on IU as a program and their turnaround this past season:

“I think of it as a big time program that’s back to where it used to be. When you looked at Indiana when I was younger and maybe before I was born, they were winning a lot. Then they hit a point where it wasn’t as good as it was now. How they knocked off Kentucky, I just see a big change in the program that’s going in the right direction. A big time change.”

On the schools he’s considering:

“Purdue, Georgia Tech, USC, Iowa State, Arizona State, Rhode Island, Marquette. Michigan still is recruiting me, but I’m not sure how that’s going to work. A lot of out of state schools. Ohio State.”

On whether he’d like to end up in the Big Ten:

“I grew up around the Big Ten living in Michigan and going to watch Marquise Gray (who played at Michigan State) play. He played at my high school. So I grew up around it. I’ve seen the atmosphere at Big Ten games and I know what type of competition I’d be playing against if I played at a Big Ten school. I look at the Big Ten conference as one of the top two conferences in the country.”

On his recruitment and whether or not any schools are standing out:

“I’m taking it all in at this point and trying to gather all of the schools that are on me real tough, which they all are at this point. I’m just trying to figure out which ones that I need to take visits to and going into my senior year, I want to have my list broken down.”

On whether he’ll visit Indiana next week:

“Indiana is close to come, it’s not that far, so it’s possible I’ll be visiting. I have to check with my AAU coach.”

On what the IU staff is telling him about where he could fit in:

“Coach Crean just wants a guy that can come in and play right away next to Yogi (Ferrell). If Yogi goes out of the game, and I came in, it wouldn’t be a fall off. It would just be a steady go and two point guards playing together. If I was to come there, I’d be able to make an impact right away.”

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  • http://www.facebook.com/joshobie Josh O’Brien

    Nice size and length, and a darn quick release. Intriguing.

  • Lhberg

    seems more of a shooting guard from what I see. Also if they were to make a push for him does that mean Beejay Anya is a no go. I kind of wished we hadn’t signed two 6’5 small forwards for this year

  • Lhberg

    seems more of a shooting guard from what I see. Also if they were to make a push for him does that mean Beejay Anya is a no go. I kind of wished we hadn’t signed two 6’5 small forwards for this year

  • Kelin Blab

    From the looks of who crean has been visiting seems to me a guard is on the menu. I like this kids size….seems to be open to all right now. Interesting mix of schools. I truly believe the success of Trey Burke will help Michigan land in state guards but IU’s national success will help also with out of state kids.

  • Evansville Hoosier

    Yeah, I’m trying to stay optimistic in that regard. Davis still interests me because he seems like a good athlete with an all around game, but Hartman… I don’t know. I’ll trust in Crean’s scouting ability for now. Up to now, Crean was recruiting guys without the benefit of a top 10 program. He has that now, and theres some commitments left over that don’t necessarily top 10.

    I like this Morris guy though. You can teach most things, but you can’t teach athleticism and work ethic. That’s why Vic and Will progressed so much. I’ll be honest, I’d prefer Anya, Alexander, Russell or Lyle, but this guy does seem like a tremendous player, and I hope the interest remains mutual.

  • superhoops

    Reminds me of VJIII.

  • Kelin Blab

    You will be happy with Davis. Having seen him play he is Will Sheehey minus the range on his jumpshot but plus more rebounds. He is a glue guy who is really good with a high motor. Hartmann is long and a solid player, but still has some improving to do…both 4 year guys.

  • Kelin Blab

    You will be happy with Davis. Having seen him play he is Will Sheehey minus the range on his jumpshot but plus more rebounds. He is a glue guy who is really good with a high motor. Hartmann is long and a solid player, but still has some improving to do…both 4 year guys.

  • SCHoosier

    Kid is VERY smooth offensively..has a great mid-range jumper. What’s not to like..hope we can keep him the picture.

  • HoosierPat

    I have complete trust in CTC.  Remember when everyone thought the 2010 class was weak.  It isn’t so weak anymore.

  • IURecruitsRAwesome

    CTP really needs to start recruiting at least top 100 talent for the 2013 class!

  • Aubreyhouse

    ABSOLUTELY!

  • Outoftheloop

     We didn’t. One 6’5 and one 6’6, each growing. Who knows what their true height will be in November 2013.

  • Outoftheloop

     Hartman and Davis are two of the top 6 Juniors in Indiana = the core juniors to play the senior All-Stars. Your judgment of talent is suspect.

  • Outoftheloop

     Hartman and Davis are two of the top 6 Juniors in Indiana = the core juniors to play the senior All-Stars. Your judgment of talent is suspect.

  • Evansville Hoosier

    That may be true, but that’s why Crean has been recruiting out of state in 2013. In state isn’t that strong in that year… “top 6 in state in their class” doesn’t necessarily warrant them playing for a top 10 program. The talent in the state varies from year to year.

  • Kelin Blab

    mmm having seen Hartmann a couple of times. I would not put him in the top 6 in the state in his class. He is a nice player, not sure where he fits with IU right now.

  • HoosierFanaticFromUSI

    I’ll make a generic post here:

    IU > Purdue, Georgia Tech, USC, Iowa State, Arizona State, Rhode Island, Marquette.

    I agree that this kid reminds me of VJ3. A nice jumper, can create his own shot, pretty good ball-handling. Seems like he would be a good addition to the 2013 class.

  • Evansville Hoosier

    Luke will be by the end of his high school days IMO… This guy is top 50 according to scouts. I’d tend to agree.

  • 888

     Hartman may not jump off the screen at you guys but he may be the best of all our recruits in basketball IQ. I think in four years were all gonna love him. I do wish he was 6’9″ though then i think wed all feel better. The only thing I dont understand about this new guy is is if we got Remy and Ron backing up Yogi do we need another point guard? We shouldnt offer till Anya makes a choice. With that being said hes a top 50 player and a winner. Smooth all around game. I agree with Kelin that Davis is really good. Im really excited about him because of potential and he has great coaching.

  • IURecruitsRAwesome

     I don’t think we should offer him a scholarship.  We need to save them for the 2014 class.  If we can sign Cliff Alexander and Jaquen Lyle along with Trey Lyles and James Blackman Jr. we will be amazing!!!!!  The 2014 class is going to be the best!  GO HOOSIERS!

  • Evansville Hoosier

    Ron isn’t a PG, and Remy isn’t a true PG. it’s always good to have depth at the 1 for an elite team. Look at what happened to UNC this year.

  • Evansville Hoosier

    Ron isn’t a PG, and Remy isn’t a true PG. it’s always good to have depth at the 1 for an elite team. Look at what happened to UNC this year.

  • spiderman0551

    Hartman is a kid who will either have to grow/get stronger to become the best player he can become.  He has decent athleticism, but not in like the other kids his size.  He has good size and strength but neither is great.  He has a great frame to build on however.  I think if he could put on 25 lbs and maybe shoot up another 1″ or 2″, he could fill a big need.  He is a very smart player, a pretty decent shooter, good passer and I’ve seen him play very well at times.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KJ5FB2VV7RMUHZBHTUNIPPVYH4 Caleb

    He’s better than Austin was when he came in and maybe better right now too. If he’s just a glue guy he’ll be a really good glue guy. We need a signature recruit in the ’13 class. It’s pretty weak compared to what else we have coming in with the two classes around them. Crean needs to get Anya.

  • Outoftheloop

    Coach Calipari is the only one to master the art of bringing in four new 5-Star players and win a championship (the Fab Five didn’t), and he needed two sophomores and two seniors to do it (Vargas was needed as a back-up Big). You always need “glue” guys who have been in the program for three-four years to hold everything together on Championship teams. OH St was better with Diebler. MI will have a hard time replacing Novak and Douglass as senior leaders. Hartman can be a Diebler or better, and as a HS junior he is better than either Novak or Douglass were. Brian Evans and Randy Whittman were not great athletes, but became great College players at IU. Hartman fits their type perfectly.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KJ5FB2VV7RMUHZBHTUNIPPVYH4 Caleb

    “Saving schollys” is fan talk. If talent is out there that can help your team you sign it and dont “save it”. It’s recruiting. You can roll the dice in ’14 and fail just as easily as you can win and now you are left holding the bag and having to fill a need with lesser talent. Big “If” in senctence 3.

  • Lee Timmer

    I don’t think anyone realizes yet just how big Watford’s Shot to Beat Kentucky really was. That clip has done more for IU recruiting than anything possibly could. The shot, the crowd reaction…just the whole scene. IU should put Watford on the payroll after he graduates based on that alone.

  • Kelin Blab

    Etherington is a far far better athlete than Hartmann now and in the past. He is also a better shooter. Hartmann is a nice player. We have a signature recruit in 2013 and he is Devin Davis. No one will believe me now but when I say the kid can play, tough, keeps improving, and will be one of the kids IU fans love….trust me on that. Not as good of an athlete but a better player now than Perea is.

  • Juanmassey05

    Kid will be very special has great pg skills and is a tremendous leader on and off the court!

  • Juanmassey05

    Kid will be very special has great pg skills and is a tremendous leader on and off the court!

  • IUJeff

    Did you not see the video? That is a very skilled basketball player. Well coached. Special. I vote get him.   

  • IUJeff

    VJ was good but this guy has “it”. 

  • 888

    I beleive CTC told Ron to work on ballhandling because hes gonna play alot at point guard. I know he looks like a 2 but thats not what hes been recruited to play here. Remy played point guard this year as well. He played point in highschool too. Maybe Ron moves to a 2 if Morris comes here I dont know. Either way I guess they all look like good players too me. Well just see what happens.

  • 888

    I agree with what your thinking. Theresgonna be a few upset people if Jaquan and Cliff want to come to IU and theres no room. Im sure UK will have room for them. Lyle is supposed to decide this summer last I heard I just hope theres room.. Before everyone says it always works out we can only oversign 1 and a player of his caliber might not want to take achance if a schooly doesnt open.just saying. I for one would not take that chance.

  • marcusgresham

    Is he any relation to the Devin Davis that played at Miami U. back before Wally Szczerbiak? (FWIW, I didn’t even have to look that up to spell it correctly!)  That guy was a beast and I never knew why he didn’t end up in the NBA.

  • marcusgresham

    There’s also a 6’9″ kid in there (Luke Fischer.)  There is only one guard in the ’13-’14 classes right now (Blackmon,) so that may play into account.

  • 888

    Ron was told to improve his ballhandling so he can help at point and thats what position Remy played this year. I beleive Remy played point in Highschool as well. Weve got alot of guys at around 6’6″ to play the 2. Although I think Jordan starts at the 2 next year.

  • IUMIKE1

    marcusgresham, the human database of college bball.

    I thought he did play for a year or two but I’m not going to say I know he did for sure if the database says something different.

  • Asteinberg0626

    am i the only one that thinks this is remy abell’s twin?

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