Marcus Morris (basketball)
|No. 15 – Phoenix Suns|
September 2, 1989 |
|Listed height||6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)|
|Listed weight||235 lb (107 kg)|
|High school||Prep Charter
(Pennsauken, New Jersey)
|NBA draft||2011 / Round: 1 / Pick: 14th overall|
|Selected by the Houston Rockets|
|Pro playing career||2011–present|
|2012||→Rio Grande Valley Vipers (D-League)|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at NBA.com|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
He enrolled at the University of Kansas where he majored in American studies. He was named the 2010–11 Big 12 Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year. He also was named a second team All-American for his play in the 2010–11 basketball season by both the Associated Press and the National Association of Basketball Coaches, and a third team All-America by Fox Sports. On March 30, 2011, Morris was named to the ten member John R. Wooden Award Men’s All American team. Morris and his brother signed with a sports agent from Los Angeles, and announced that they would enter the 2011 NBA Draft.
Morris was selected by the Houston Rockets with the 14th pick in the 2011 NBA Draft, 5 minutes directly after his brother Markieff Morris was taken with the 13th pick by the Phoenix Suns. He was assigned to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers team by the Houston Rockets of the National Basketball Association on January 2, 2012. In his first game in the D-League on January 6, 2012, Morris recorded 33 points and 16 rebounds in a narrow 105–103 loss to the Dakota Wizards. Morris returned to the Rockets on January 16, 2012, was reassigned to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers on February 3, 2012 and returned to the Rockets again on February 20, 2012.
After what was considered to be a disappointing first year, Marcus decided to train with his brother Markieff around the Phoenix area to help improve himself.
Due to an injury to Patrick Patterson, Rockets head coach Kevin McHale named Morris the opening day starter at power forward for the 2012–2013 season. When told he would be starting, Morris thought that McHale was kidding, since he rarely played his rookie season and was hurt during the preseason.
On February 21, 2013, Morris was traded to the Phoenix Suns, reuniting him with his brother. A day later, the Morris twins would officially play together in the last 6 minutes of a loss to the Boston Celtics, with Marcus getting 7 points, 2 steals, and a rebound during that period of time, despite having no formal training from the Suns before entering the game. This officially marked the second time that twin brothers would end up playing for the same NBA team; Dick and Tom Van Arsdale played together during the 1976–77 season. On March 1, 2013, Morris scored 16 points for the Suns to help the Suns beat the Atlanta Hawks 92-87. He made four out of five three-point field goal attempts. Marcus would end up starting with Markieff on March 10, 2013 against Marcus' former team, the Houston Rockets, which made the Morris twins the first set of twin brothers to ever start for the same NBA team.
NBA career statistics
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Morris's twin brother Markieff Morris was selected 13th overall by the Phoenix Suns in the 2011 NBA Draft. Marcus is seven minutes younger than Markieff. He is a fan of his hometown Philadelphia Eagles while his twin brother is a fan of the rival Dallas Cowboys.
- University of Kansas. "Player Bio: Marcus Morris". Kansas Athletics. Retrieved August 28, 2011.
- Kansas' Marcus Morris named Big 12 Player of the Year The Sporting News, March 7, 2011
- Goodman, Jeff (Mar 7, 2011). "Goodman's 2010–11 All-America teams". Fox Sports (Fox Sports Interactive Media). Retrieved June 21, 2011.
- J-W Staff (March 29, 2011). "Marcus Morris tapped 2nd-team All-America". Lawrence Journal-World (The World Company). Retrieved 2011-03-29.
- Bedore, Gary (March 31, 2011). "Kansas basketball signee Naadir Tharpe praised". Lawrence Journal-World (The World Company). Retrieved 2011-03-31.
- J-W Staff Reports (2011-04-08). "Morris twins sign with agent, will declare for draft". Lawrence Journal-World. Retrieved April 8, 2011.
- Rockets to send first-round draft pick Marcus Morris to D-League
- Marcus Morris gets starting nod in opener in place of injured Patterson
- Suns Acquire Marcus Morris
- Houston Rockets trade Marcus Morris to Phoenix Suns
- Q&A With Marcus Morris
- Kansas Jayhawks bio
- Marcus Morris at NBA.com
- Marcus Morris at ESPN.com
- Marcus Morris deserves place in pantheon KU Sports, March 20, 2011