It was another strong weekend for Flint Beecher (MI) and Michigan Mustangs guard Monte Morris as the consensus top 100 prospect showed off his ability to score in transition, off the dribble and from the perimeter at the Best Buy Chicago Classic in Deerfield, Illinois.
Morris, who took an unofficial visit to Bloomington on May 4, has offers from Arizona State, Boston College, Cincinnati, Georgia Tech, Iowa State, Oakland, USC, Virginia and Western Michigan and interest from Butler, Illinois and IU.
Here’s a look at Morris from the Best Buy Chicago Classic: (Footage provided by our friends at UMHoops.com)
Monte Morris took an unofficial visit to Indiana on Friday, and he left impressed by nearly everything he saw.
Morris, ranked No. 48 in the Class of 2013 by Scout.com, got to see a workout involving current Hoosiers Victor Oladipo, Will Sheehey and Jordan Hulls. The Flint, Mich. guard said he liked the campus and the student culture, but he was most impressed by Indiana coach Tom Crean.
“It was graduation time, so he took a lot of pictures and talked to a lot of people, maybe that he didn’t even know,” Morris said. “They were just congratulating him on the great season. Like everywhere we went, ‘great season, Tom. Can we get a picture?’ And he was taking them. He’s not one of them coaches that thinks he’s better than everybody. That showed me a lot.”
Morris said he arrived in Bloomington around 2 p.m. Friday, and got to tour the campus as students were finishing up with their final exams. As he looked around, he said he imagined himself being a student at Indiana.
“Everybody seemed so happy to be on campus,” Morris said. “That was cool to see.”
Morris has not yet received a scholarship offer from Indiana, but he does have offers from Illinois, Georgia Tech and USC, among others. He said he hopes to make a decision by the end of the summer.
“Right now, I’m still trying to take it all in.,” Morris said. “Indiana’s a great school and everything, but I still have a couple more visits to take. Once I take those and have something to compare the schools on, that’s when I’ll have a better idea.”
Here’s a look at Morris from the 2012 Bill Hensley Memorial Run-N-Slam. (Footage provided by our friends at UMHoops.com)
Inside the Hall continued our spring AAU coverage over the weekend at the adidas Spring Classic at the Fishers Fieldhouse and Fishers High School. The weekend was highlighted by 2013 commits Devin Davis and Luke Fischer, who were both tracked by interim assistant coach Calbert Cheaney and Tom Crean.
Here’s a detailed look at the five prospects we tracked over the weekend:
Class of 2013
Devin Davis, PF/SF, Eric Gordon All-Stars: There’s no question Davis has the potential to be a very good player at the college level. He has supreme athleticism, he’s strong, and he has a good understanding of the game. Davis is also usually good defensively, but he tends to pick up a dumb foul or two during the course of the game.
Davis is at his best when he’s taking the ball to the basket. His ball-handling skills are strong enough that he can grab a defensive rebound and race the ball back to the other end on a fast break. During the weekend’s adidas Classic, Davis scored a good portion of his points on coast-to-coast layups. His moves to the basket are both strong and quick, and he’s an above-average finisher when he gets there.
The only thing really lacking from Davis’ game is a consistent jump shot. If he could develop a mid-range game to go along with what he already has, Davis could be a nightmare to deal with by the time he arrives in Bloomington.
Luke Fischer, PF/C, Wisconsin Swing: This was our first time seeing Fischer in person since July of 2011 and it quickly became apparent that his game has grown tremendously in nine months. With Wisconsin commit Bronson Koenig handling the ball on the perimeter, Fischer caught the ball in position to score regularly and was efficient in doing so.
He showed an ability to finish with both hands and his improved left hand is a result of a broken right hand suffered during the high school season. Fischer also finished well through contact and was effective in blocking shots without fouling. His footwork and hands are both very sound.
Fischer must continue to work on becoming more explosive around the basket and gaining upper body strength. With another year in the weight room before he arrives in Bloomington, he should be able to make significant gains that will allow him to contribute from day one.
FISHERS, Ind. — Indiana has shown considerable interest in class of 2013 Michigan guard Monte Morris recently, and the feelings seem to be mutual.
Morris, who attends Beecher High School in Flint, said Indiana is very much a part of his recruitment.
The Hoosiers visited his high school in early April to watch one of his workouts, but they have yet to offer him a scholarship.
Indiana coach Tom Crean was on hand to see Morris’ adidas Spring Classic game with the Michigan Mustangs at the Fishers Fieldhouse Saturday morning and Calbert Cheaney, who has been filling in for the departed Bennie Seltzer during the April evaluation periods, watched Morris on Sunday.
Morris and the Mustangs fell to Luke Fischer and Wisconsin Swing 82-75 in the championship game of the 17-and-under Super Group. He finished with 24 points.
“They just started coming on,” Morris said. “I talk to their coaching staff a lot, so it’s good. They like the way I lead, and they say I can come in there and make an impact right away, play the combo guard next to Yogi [Ferrell].
“I really like their coaching staff and their program, the way their style of play is and everything. It’s a big part of my recruitment.”
Morris, ranked No. 48 in the class of 2013 by Scout.com and No. 82 by Rivals.com, said he already has offers from Georgia Tech, Rhode Island, Providence, USC, Boston College, Arizona State and Illinois.
Butler has also shown interest but has not yet offered him a scholarship.
Morris is scheduled to visit IU on May 4, and he said he’ll try to make his decision by the end of the summer “if everything goes well.”
With the first weekend of the April evaluation in the books, changes are abound on the 2013 recruiting board. There’s a new name at the top, a new west coast prospect emerging and a long-standing name takes a tumble.
The first April evaluation period continued Saturday with IU coaches present again at events in Merrillville, Minneapolis and Las Vegas. Here’s a look at some of the highlights from day two of the April evaluation period:
2013 guard Monte Morris is having a terrific game so far for the MI Mustangs. Has a pair of threes, a pull-up from 18 & a nice finish at rim
Morris scored 26 points in an 81-80 overtime win over Team Bradley on Saturday night. Fans in the Indianapolis area may get a chance to see Morris next weekend as his Michigan Mustangs are scheduled to be at the adidas Spring Classic at North Central.
— Anya: Seven points, two rebounds and two blocks in a 54-51 Team Takeover loss to CIA Bounce and 12 points, five rebounds and four blocks in a 68-60 loss to Meanstreets. Team Takeover is 0-3 through Saturday’s games.
— Lyle: Nine points, five assists and four rebounds in a 73-64 Spiece Indy Heat win over Meanstreets and seven rebounds and three assists in a 42-40 loss to Boo Williams. Spiece Indy Heat is 1-2 through Saturday’s games.
Friday marked the first opportunity of the spring for college coaches to watch AAU events and Indiana had a presence across the country with staff in Merrillville, Minneapolis and Las Vegas.
Here’s a look at some of the highlights from day one of the April evaluation period:
· The Spiece Indy Heat 17-and-under group with Trevon Bluiett and Jaquan Lyle dropped their opener 66-52 to the Texas Titans in the EYBL Session 1 event in Minneapolis. Lyle scored a team-high 19 points, grabbed five rebounds and dished out four assists while Bluiett chipped in seven points and six rebounds. The Titans are led by Julius Randle, one of the top prospects nationally in 2013 and Matt Jones, a Duke commit. Trey Lyles also plays for this Spiece team, but it appears travel problems prevented him from playing in the opener.
· Jody Demling of The Louisville Courier-Journal reported that Calbert Cheaney was in Minneapolis bouncing between the EYBL event and the NY2LA Sports Spring Extravaganza being held in nearby Minnetonka. Cheaney is acting as an assistant coach on an interim basis as the position left vacant by Bennie Seltzer’s departure remains open.
· Team Takeover (DC) also dropped their EYBL opener 60-57 to CP3 All-Stars. 2013 target BeeJay Anya (pictured) plays for Takeover and finished with eight points, four rebounds and four blocks in 25 minutes. Tom Crean checked in on Anya last week at DeMatha on a trip to Washington D.C.
· 2013 guard Stanford Robinson, who also plays for Takeover, is sitting out this weekend with a broken nose.
· Luke Fischerand his Wisconsin Swing team are participating in the aforementioned Spring Extravaganza event and won their opening game over MBA Elite according to Demling. Fischer had 12 points and 10 rebounds in the win. Here’s a little more on the IU commit:
Fischer has improved his all-around game and looks like he’s stronger than he was last summer. He’s not as talented as Cody Zeller but he does have some similarities to his game, including a nice turn around.
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.”
Monte Morris, a 6-foot-1, 160-pound floor general from Beecher High School in Flint, Michigan told Demling at the AAU Super Showcase in Orlando that the Hoosiers are recruiting him.
Michigan, who is considered the favorite for Morris, was the first Big Ten school to extend a scholarship offer. Central Michigan, Western Michigan, Iowa State, Syracuse, Georgetown and Kansas are also in the mix.
Here’s a look at Morris from a 70-66 overtime loss to McBain in the MHSAA Class C semifinal from our friends at UMHoops.com. Morris, who wears No. 11 in white in the video, finished with 21 points, 10 rebounds and six assists.