Basketball adds Malik Morgan
John Curtis shooting guard commits to LSU Wednesday night
By BEN LOVE
Tiger Rag Editor
Shooting guard Malik Morgan became the LSU basketball program’s first verbal commitment in the Class of 2012 Wednesday night.
The John Curtis player, who said he’s at about 6-4 and 180 pounds, called Head Coach Trent Johnson and Assistant Coach Brent Scott, who’s been handling Morgan’s recruitment, and gave them the news over the phone.
“It was tonight,” Morgan told Tiger Rag, talking about the timing of his decision and phone call. “I mean they were excited. Coach Johnson sounded like he was about to do a split.”
The one word Morgan used more than any other when talking about why he landed on LSU was “family,” saying that’s been the point of emphasis between he and Scott - “a family atmosphere.”
Morgan joined the purple-and-gold family Wednesday, just two days after perimeter player Matt Derenbecker, the one player Morgan mentioned he probably knew better than any other Tiger from the 2010-11 season, left the squad.
Still, Morgan felt pretty confident that he was joining a program on the rise, saying of LSU’s prospects in the upcoming 2011-12 campaign: “I think they’re going to have a big leap forward.”
The River Ridge native, who had offers from Boston College, Tulane and UTEP, will boster the Tigers’ backcourt, adding to the athleticism that the Class of 2011 recruiting duo (point guard Anthony Hickey and shooting guard/small forward John Isaac) brings.
“I can score as much as possible, but I also like to get my teammates involved and help set people up,” explained Morgan of his game. “I know if I have to I can get 40, but that’s not what I’d prefer to do if I don’t have to.”
Morgan proved he could fill it up as a junior, averaging 28.9 points per game for the Patriots.
The current LSU backcourt also includes second-year players Ralston Turner and Andre Stringer, both of whom will be juniors when Morgan steps on campus, and Chris Bass, a back-up point guard who will play his last season this spring.
Editor Ben Love is Tiger Rag’s lead reporter on LSU men’s basketball. Reach him at email@example.com.