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Overview of the St. Francis game and Dwayne Morgan

This is my 1st fanpost, but suprisingly, i'm not sweating it. My take:

I made it out to the last of the mini tournament that featured the harrison twin's high school team. Last night's contest was the 3rd game in 6 days so the overall play and condition of the players for both squads were probably not at 100%. Didn't see any coaches, but there was a Shaq Cleare sighting.

Andrew Harrison was in sweats, so Aaron was stuck going this one alone. Aaron was his team's Jordan both inside and out, but still found time and opportunities to distribute to his shooters. -oh, and he played the entire game. Dwayne Morgan's team is pretty versatile for a high school squad. Morgan was 3rd tallest on his team. He got in late in 1st quarter as back up center, but clearly has a shooters mentality. Despite the late start and searching for rhythm, he ended the half with 3 pts and 4 rbs.

Morgan didn't start the 2nd half either, but didn't come off the floor once he got back in. his end totals were 11 points (4-8 fgs, 3-4 from 3), about 7 rebounds, 4 assists and maybe 1 block, altering 3-4 others. I've always been hesitant about recruiting him because he seemed to coast along whenever I saw him play. Last night the intensity was there. He came in aggressive and responded with physicality when the texas big went down low to post him up a few times. Any shot close to him got contested. He was chippy at times, including a small tete-a-tete with aaron on one possession that could've garnered a tech. —And if Aaron is really 6' 5" then Dwayne had more than just 2" inches on him. He wasn't backing down from the senior Harrison either. He has attitude and i dig it.

Only downside was kind of getting crossed up by a waterbug point guard (nothing serious), and missing a bunny and a highlight reel slam in traffic. Aside from that it's easy to see that he can become a really great player. He was playing center/power forward, but clearly has the fluidity and range of a wing. Very balanced. Morgan even handled the ball on break a few times. At the end of the day, what stood out most was his athleticism and playing within the game. Very unselfish, But in the 4th he was hungry for the ball. Several times, he showed great eyes finding open teammates and intelligence in knowing where to get the ball to; along with the ability to get the passes there. He could move wherever he wanted on the floor with ease, whether laterally or vertically.

Morgan's narrow, but long, lean, and cut for a junior. He has the attitude and can play the 3, maybe even 4. If there's a comparison, I could easily call his game is very james gist-ish, with a smoother terrence morris kind of flow to it; but i'd defer and just call him a younger perry jones III. He still has a few years to grow and could be a real beast with or without another inch or too. I'm convinced.

Let's just swing for the fences and go for him and vaughn and call it a day? I mean who else would we want?

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