2015 forward Juwan Morgan commits to Indiana

  • 09/10/2014 7:23 pm in

Indiana received its first commitment for the class of 2015 on Wednesday evening when Waynesville (Mo.) forward Juwan Morgan announced for the Hoosiers at his high school gym in front of family, friends and classmates.

“As I’ve said before, academics, player development and playing time are the things I wanted to get, so I’ve decided to further my education at Indiana University,” Morgan said.

The 6-foot-9, 220-pound forward is rated the No. 87 prospect nationally in the 247Composite and chose Indiana over Vanderbilt.

Morgan, who was named the most improved player in Nike’s Elite Youth Basketball League (EYBL) for the 2014 season, averaged 10.9 points and 6.8 rebounds in the league’s regular season for MoKan Elite and 12.4 points, 7.4 rebounds, 2.4 blocks and 2.2 steals in the Peach Jam finals in July.

With his size and wingspan, he’s expected to contribute immediately to Indiana’s frontcourt next season, but Morgan is also a player who likes to play off of ball screens.

“That part of the whole game is probably what I’m best at,” Morgan told Inside the Hall earlier this week. “And also getting out in transition, that’s probably the best part of the team that I like (at Indiana). It fits perfectly.”

The IU staff began to recruit Morgan heavily in early June and associate head coach Steve McClain, who has a strong relationship with MoKan Elite, played a major role in his recruitment as did strength and conditioning coach Je’Ney Jackson.

He visited Bloomington for the first time in June and then was on campus again last weekend for his official visit.

The Hoosiers are also recruiting Morgan’s AAU teammate and close friend Shake Milton, who will visit later this month.

As a junior at Waynesville, Morgan averaged 19 points and 10 rebounds per game and was named the Ozark conference player of the year.

Player development is a major reason that Morgan went with Indiana, which is a topic that he discussed with Inside the Hall earlier in the week as being a major factor in his decision.

“Getting stronger, getting faster, things like that will be important to me,” he said. “(Coach Tom Crean) said he wants to get me into a lottery pick, because there’s a lot of things he sees on the court that I can do that I don’t do enough.”

(Photo credit: OzarksSportsZone.com)

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  • And One

    Welcome, young fella. You won’t regret your choice. Hoosier for life.

  • Snookafly

    Welcome to Indiana! I see great things for this young man.

  • Et_Tu_Brutus

    Alright, got the first of what I hope are many blue chip players coming in. Welcome Juwan!

  • ForeverIU

    Funny, I never thought I’d get tears in my eyes, but I did. What a great kid.

  • Gregory J. Haggard

    Alright, welcome, we are very glad you’ve chosen IU.
    You’ll find we will support you 110%.

  • Bill Teague

    Good, good , good. A talented possible 4 yr guy. Down low.

    Really helps

  • Jordan

    No doubt in my mind he becomes a great player! Smart kid, with the mindset to get things done! Welcome Juwan

  • Shaggy_C

    Love this: “…getting out in transition, that’s probably the best part of the team that I like”

    Excited to see him sprinting up and down the floor next year! Welcome to Hoosier nation!

  • Brad

    I’m just excited that he’s 6’11”, 280 pounds!

  • IUfanforever

    This kid reminds me of Alan Henderson! Time will only tell…but is smart and long around the basket.

  • Brian Stewart

    More like 6’8″ 220 lbs.

  • Rkeg

    Yes – yes – yes – love this kid.

  • Brad

    Can someone fill Brian in on the joke?

  • ForeverIU

    Sorry, but 6-8 no longer an option. IU would only accept 6-9. Brad just threw in another 2 inches as a gesture of appreciation.

  • Good pick up.

  • bk39


  • Matt

    Nicely done.

  • Matt

    He knew it was my birthday today. Happy Birthday to all of us!

  • Ole Man

    No; that’s not it.
    His growth plates suddenly aligned with that volcano eruption in Iceland causing him to spurt two inches. Why it was obviously happening during the news conference!

  • ForeverIU

    This sounds like code language for a mixed drink, lol.

  • Matt

    When he pulled out that white IU shirt I almost came off the couch.

  • shknqk

    Great one for him to model and I think if he’s 75% of Alan it’s all good.

  • IUDan

    Great pickup – really good player and he seems like another high quality young man … Incredibly happy to have him in our program

  • KmanCRK

    Welcome to Hoosier nation big fella.

  • KmanCRK

    I really love how much we seem to be connecting on the high character, hard working kids lately. Let’s keep the momentum going.

  • OhioHoosier

    “Further my education at Indiana University”. Refreshing, this kid gets it.

  • JacksonCounty

    I think if this coaching staff can get two more developmental forwards like him, in this class, I will get excited. We could use depth on the front court. I think since this coaching staff struggles to consistently sign many high ranking depth to the front court, that pivoting and recruiting several four star players would be a smart idea. Recruit and develop them like Wisconsin does. Then let your highly ranked guards and wings run the court etc. A nice pick up for IU.

  • Outoftheloop

    Welcome to the Hoosier Nation Juwan! You will love being part of Indiana Basketball! All of your dreams can be realized in B-Town!

  • Alford Bailey

    I feel pretty good about the signing of Morgan. Oh, and by the way I got 10 bucks says he gets Prillers scholly.

  • VAHoosier

    This is great news! Juwan and Emmit will make an excellent front court tandem for years.

  • Gregory Spera

    Not “The Thriller!”

  • Dean Olson

    I first read that as “on the couch”

    So… I’m glad it’s not that!

  • TroutyB

    At this point we’d only be replacing one guy and I don’t think it’s kosher to speculate about who might leave. Right now I’m going to assume that he takes the place of Yogi, Troy, or JBJ. Whichever one has a great season and goes pro is what I’ll assume for now.

  • IUfanToby

    Much better than “take my talents to”

  • Bryce Kepner

    The first? He’s not the first blue chip player to come

  • Bryce Kepner

    I thought jokes were supposed to be funny? lol

  • OhioHoosier

    Still a sore spot.

  • Hardwood83

    Guessing he meant for this class?

  • Hardwood83

    With TJ Leaf coming along right behind them of course.

  • Bryce Kepner

    Could be

  • Zach

    Awesome news!! Already excited for the 2015 season 😛

  • CreamandCrimson

    2 more in the 2015 class? In theory, we should already have Devin Davis, Troy Williams, Max Hoetzel, Tim Priller, Emmitt Holt and Juwan Morgan on the roster in 2015-2016. That’s 6 guys between 6’6″-6’9″ in a system that will rarely see more than 2 of them on the floor at the same time. I really don’t see the need to bring in anyone else to the forward spot until the 2016 class.

  • CreamandCrimson

    Based on what I have read, he appears to be a player that could contribute for us right away because of his energy and rebounding prowess. Every report I’ve seen says that he is very active, relentless on the glass and a really good athlete. They’ve also all included that he needs to get stronger (which high school player doesn’t?) and that once he diversifies his offensive game a little bit, he has the potential to be a major contributor anywhere in the country.

    Smart kid, high energy and improving player at a position of need (with a strong connection to another very good 2015 player)….great start to the 2015 class.

  • Alford Bailey

    Shake and bake, baby!

  • IUDan

    I agree C&C … I’d rather we bring in a PG and then shut it down for ’15… Then try to get a high impact big for ’16

  • AJ_IU_ColtsFan

    For a minute there I was wondering who Photoshopped the Kid ‘n Play do on top of his noggin. 😀

  • VAHoosier

    I suppose the next question is: does this help us land Shake Milton?