Hometown: Pennsauken, NJ

Height: 6'9"

Weight: 235

Position: Power Forward

Team: Kansas

Class: Junior
#22 Marcus Morris | F

Right handed… Standing at 6'8", 225 pounds, Morris is a very good athlete and one of the most explosive big men in the nation. He is not a true Power Forward, but more of a combo Forward and a tweener… As a sophomore, he has shown one of the best post games for a young player. He posts strong, seemingly getting in position to score every time he wants on the low block. He has some basic, but effective post moves… He is very difficult to guard because he possesses a good perimeter game. He excels in the mid-range but can step out to the 3-point line and beyond. If you close out to close to him, he has a quick first step and very good ball-handling abilities to dribble by you and finish at the rim with a punishing dunk… Marcus can handle the ball, whether its in transition or bringing up the ball in the half-court. He is a tough match up because of his size, quickness and athleticism, and sheer talent. Despite being a role player on this loaded Kansas Jayhawks team, Marcus Morris is standing out… He is a very strong rebounder, averaging almost 6 per game in a front court with All-American Cole Aldrich. He corrals 2.5 offensive boards per game… Morris' defense has helped him standout this season. He plays good perimeter defense when matched up with the opposing teams Small Forwards. He challenges shots.

Marcus Morris still needs to develop some more advanced post moves if he wants to play at the next level. Most likely, he will need another year in Lawrence under Coach Bill Self. He needs to show he can be productive without All-American Center Cole Aldrich as the focus of teams' defensive game plans… At times, Morris shows a lack of focus on defense. He will lose his man on switches and screens, and let opposing bigs gain advantage in the post with their positioning. He needs to be stronger and force opposing Forwards and Centers out of the low block if they want to post up….
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