Announcement primer: 2015 forward Juwan Morgan

  • 09/10/2014 10:25 am in

On Wednesday evening, class of 2015 Waynesville (Mo.) forward Juwan Morgan will announce his college decision in his high school’s gymnasium. The decision is expected to come at approximately 7:23 p.m. EST.

Here’s our primer for the announcement with everything you need to know:

The essentials

Forward, 6-9, 220-pounds, Waynesville (Mo.), MoKan Elite
247Composite: 4-star (87); ESPN: 4-star (NR); Rivals: 4-star (105); Scout: 4-star (97)
Offers: Arkansas, California, Creighton, Harvard, Indiana, Iowa, Missouri, Missouri State, Northwestern, Penn State, Princeton, Stanford, Tulsa, UTEP, Wake Forest, Washington, Western Kentucky, Vanderbilt
Official visits: Indiana, Vanderbilt

The primary contenders

While Morgan initially set up visits to Creighton, Indiana, Stanford, Washington and Vanderbilt, the only official visits he made were to Nashville and Bloomington. He spoke very highly of both visits in multiple interviews.

· The Indiana recruitment: The Hoosier staff began making a strong run at Morgan early in the summer and scouted him extensively in July as he traveled the country with MoKan Elite, a Nike-affiliated AAU program. Associate head coach Steve McClain successfully recruited Alec Burks, now of the Utah Jazz, from MoKan while at Colorado and has a strong relationship with the program’s founder, Matt Suther. Indiana hosted Morgan for an unofficial visit in June and received his final official visit last weekend.

· The Vanderbilt recruitment: The Commodores received the first shot at an official visit from Morgan and shortly after that trip, he decided to move up his visit to Indiana. That sparked some speculation that Vanderbilt had established itself as his leader as a result of the visit, but Morgan never confirmed that notion in any of his comments.

The timing

As noted above, Morgan opted to move his Indiana visit up from late September to last weekend following his trip to Nashville. It’s clear from that decision that Indiana and Vanderbilt are his top two schools and that he’ll choose one of those two. Changing visit dates isn’t at all uncommon as Hoosier fans may remember that last fall, Robert Johnson made a similar choice and opted to speed up the process rather than letting it drag out all fall.

In a press release from the school, Waynesville coach Chris Pilz said Morgan is excited to make his decision public:  “This is an exciting time for Juwan, his family, his fellow students and the entire community. Juwan has received hundreds of messages via Twitter in the past few days. Fans from multiple schools are encouraging him to pick their university. Everyone is asking him to reveal his school choice.”

The fit

· At Indiana: Based on his post-visit comments, it’s clear that Morgan got along well with the Indiana players and feels that he would fit in well. It’s also clear that the frontcourt is an area that Indiana needs to address in the class of 2015 and landing a top 100 prospect would be a solid coup. Morgan also spoke in specifics about how he would fit in with the ball screens that IU runs as well as the staff’s plan for him from a player development perspective.

· At Vanderbilt: It’s no secret that Vanderbilt has taken a major step back in the last two seasons, but the program did reel in a solid 2014 recruiting group and already has a pair of 3-star commitments in the class of 2015. Whether there’s more immediate playing time available in Nashville is up for debate, but it’s certainly a big part of Vanderbilt’s pitch along with academics.

Morgan highlights

How to follow the announcement 

We’ll have a reporter on site gathering reaction and will also have a quick story posted as soon as the announcement is made.

Additionally, below is a link to our Twitter account to monitor and a link to a live stream.

ITH on Twitter | Live stream

In closing, please remember this is the college decision of a high school kid. Please adhere to the comment standards that have been set forth over the past seven years here on Inside the Hall regardless of the outcome.

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  • Gregory Spera

    6′-8″? Hope he commits quick, before he shrinks any more.

  • ForeverIU

    There was a funny comment on twitter to the effect that he should come to IU, where he’ll be 6-9 versus Vandy, where he’ll be 6-7, lol.

  • IUBizmark

    He’s practically a midget now…

  • rebeccamrideout

    oh nice.

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  • VAHoosier

    I think we’re one solid big away from a great 2015 roster. Hanner, DD, Holt, and Morgan would be a good frontcourt. That would be a very flexible rotation. Plus April, and unknown quantity at 7ft., with the backcourt we will likely have returning…

  • Gregory Spera

    ITH must have gotten a tape measure on this kid since the Sunday article.

  • ForeverIU

    Lol, with or without the hair?

  • Tough crowd on the heights. Got it back to 6-9. Not sure how tall he really is to be honest. I’ve seen him anywhere from 6-7 to 6-9.

  • Gregory Spera

    Wait a second. Now he’s 6′-9″ again. Growth spurt!

  • ForeverIU

    6′-7″ guaranteed, 2″ on demand. Wing span non-negotiable.

  • Gregory Spera

    That’s REAL versatility.

  • HannerTime Hoosier

    wow, looks like a guard jumping – Dude has NO vertical or is lazy!!! I think Yogi has more hops. Lol

  • HannerTime Hoosier

    serious, watch the 1st video, lacking here.

  • Caleb Moore

    At this point, would be surprised if it’s not IU. When the local Nashville guy even thinks it’s IU, that is a pretty good indication of the feel people are getting out there. I list not one person now calling him to Vandy.

  • Caleb Moore

    Seriously……what is this HannerTime character doing here? Ripping on a HS kid’s vertical on a tape? That kid would climb your face and jam it on your dome coming down the lane. You are being just a little transparent with your comments. hahaha

  • ForeverIU

    LOL!

  • Gregory Spera

    Juwan’s got bounce AND he’s a dunkaholic. What more could you want?

  • HannerTime Hoosier

    You got me, my vertical mimics Mr. Morgan’s. Thus my comments. I am accurate however!

  • WhatsUpKnight

    i think it depends on when he last got his hair cut. my guess is the faux hawk puts him around 6’9″

  • WhatsUpKnight

    247 crystal ball had us over 70% as of this morning. why does that scare me?

  • inLinE6

    What is his wing span?

  • ForeverIU

    87% now

  • WhatsUpKnight

    dang, now i’m really freakin out!

  • IllinoisHoosier93

    Give this kid two years in our strength and conditioning program and he will be a monster. Really hope he picks us!

  • twarrior87

    If IU starts losing recruiting battles to Vandy I might go crazy. N. Carolina, Kentucky, Duke, Kansas, Louisville,… are all one thing, but Vandy. Man that would be rough.

  • Senor

    Juwan-a drink about 10 Miller Lites when he pick IU tonight?

  • MillaRed

    Sadly his wing span is an even 4 feet.

  • Ole Man

    ROFL!
    Am I the only one who doesn’t really care one way or the other?
    Nice get, but really? Now if he was in the top 50, I might start paying attention.

  • JH Horne

    Our local interests aside, this kid’s parents must have done a great job. You don’t get offers from Ivy League schools, Northwestern, and Vandy if you’re going to bring academic or character issues with you. Cross our fingers.

  • hardcore_hoosier

    As of this afternoon 94% of experts on 247crystal ball say IU. 6% of experts were discovered to be in a coma.

  • ForeverIU

    Lol, the 6% is one person, and he’s Managing Director of the “Kentucky Sports Connection”. Must be in denial.

  • James Byers

    And Stanford and Berkeley to boot!

  • Snookafly

    Does anyone know if we are pursuing Isaac Humphries(2016)? I just saw that he is a center listed between 6’11” and 7’0″ weighing around 230-250lbs. He already has offers from Arizona and Kansas and interest from Duke. He’s apparently been tearing it up for Australia in FIBA, but is actually living in La Porte and playing for Lumiere this year.

  • hardcore_hoosier

    In denial perhaps, or in the middle of brewing moonshine with no internet connection off the grid like most fellow Kentuckians.

  • notfargj

    we’re at 100% as of 5:17 PM.

  • SCHoosier

    Trust me..if he’s 6-9 they r including the top of his ‘fro. Then again those famous growth plates may sill be open.

  • ForeverIU

    Thanks, you inspired me to look him up. You might enjoy this interview with him in Dubai at the FIBA WC before he moved to the US. When asked about schools pursuing him he couldn’t remember all of them, lol. He also mentioned Dante when asked about the NBA.

    www. draftexpress. com/article/FIBA-U17-World-Championship-Interview-Isaac-Humphries-4670

  • Bryce Kepner

    We have beat Kentucky once within the last year and North Carolina twice!

  • Ole Man

    I’m liking him better as I’m getting to know him as a person.