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Name: Monte Morris

School: Iowa State

Season: Senior

ESPN High School Ranking: 84 (2013)

Birthdate: June 27, 1995 (21)

Birthplace: Grand Rapids, Michigan

Family: 

- Grew up with single mom Latonia Morris

- Father died of heart attack while Monte was in high school - they only ever spoke when Monte was in 4th grade

- Grandfather was father figure

High School: Flint Beecher High School

Accolades:

- 2013 Michigan Mr. Basketball 

- Finalist for Bob Cousy Point Guard of the Year Award

Twitter: MonteMorris11

Instagram: BigGameTae

Height: 6'2.5

Weight: 172

Wingspan: 6'2

Injury History: 

- Suffered strained right rotator cuff in March of 2016 - did not miss any games because of it, but did take a few days off practice

Interviews, Personality, Psychology, Experience: 

- Talkative

- Attributes success to his mom who did everything for him

- Grew up in rough neighbourhood in Flint

- Raised well, avoided violence and was respected and left alone because of his basketball ability 

Freshman Season Stats: 

- 6.8 PPG

- 3.7 APG

- 2.6 RPG

- 1.3 SPG

- 43% FG

- 41% 3

- 85% FT

Sophomore Season Stats: 

- 11.9 PPG

- 5.2 APG

- 3.4 RPG

- 1.9 SPG

- 51% FG

- 40% 3

- 75% FT

Junior Season Stats:

- 13.8 PPG

- 6.9 APG

- 3.9 RPG

- 1.8 SPG

- 49% FG

- 36% 3

- 73% FT

Senior Season Stats:

- 14.8 PPG

- 6.3 APG

- 4.4 RPG

- 1.2 SPG

- 51% FG

- 37% 3

- 67% FT

Analytics: 

- 1st in offensive rating and offensive win shares in the Big 12 for 2014-15

- 3rd in points produced per game in the Big 12 in 2016-17

Position: PG

Greatest Strength: Passing

Greatest Weakness: Scoring consistency

Athleticism: 6

Aggression: 6

Speed: 7

Strength: 5

Lateral Movement: 6

Basketball IQ: 8

Switchability: 5

3 point shooting: 6

Jumpshot: 6

Ability to finish at the rim: 6

Post moves: N/A

Handle: 8

Passing: 8

Rebounding: 6

Motor: 6

Touch: 6

Hands: 7

On ball defense: 6

Help defense: 7

Steals: 8

Blocks: 4

Pick and Roll: 

- Poor pick-and-roll defender - too thin to fight through screens

- Offensively, he likes to pullup using the ball screen or drive and dish - typically does not finish around rim

Abilities and Areas of Improvement:

- Runs a team well - hits players coming off screens on time and on target for shots or drives (both chest and bounce passes)

- Quick first step getting into the lane

- Steady and aware PG

- Likes to use floater in the lane 

- Only takes good shots, doesn't force scoring

- Good rebounder for a guard

- Mediocre shooter - needs to improve midrange and 3 point shot

- Inconsistent scorer, but can always run a team and will usually not force shots

- Below average defender - gets blown by and also gets caught in screens

Game Analysis: 

Game 1:

- vs. Miami

- #0 Ja'Quan Newton

- #5 Davon Reed

- #11 Bruce Brown

- #3 Anthony Lawrence Jr.

- Very thin

- Pass first

- Head up using right 45 ball screen finds straightaway 3 point shooter for 3

- Give and go - quick getting to rim, floater blocked at right short corner

- Good cut to short corner while Newton's back was turned - missed easy jumper

- Good speed getting middle from left side using right ball screen - beat big but blocked from behind

- Nice lateral movement to stay in front of Newton and deny him drive

- Good weakside post help - stepped in to take the charge, block called but should have been a charge - 2nd foul

- Curling off ball screen, gets in lane middle and hits floater

- Fouls 3 point shooter on the arm - dumb foul, also his 3rd

- Good D on Newton, stays with him on drive and gets hand up in face to make fadeaway difficult

- In transition, pulls up from FT line and hits

- Good job of getting to hoop line drive right - had potential layup but kicked to wide open jumper on left block, good pass - hit

Game 2:

- vs. Gonzaga

- #4 Jordan Matthews

- #13 Josh Perkins

- #33 Killian Tillie

- Finds open 3 point shooter off right ball screen at left 45 - miss 

- Very quick drive from left 45 on the catch quickly put the ball on the deck, beat his man and hit right floater, and 1 - FT 1/1

- Gets caught in the air, throws pass away, not turnover but bad play

- Foolishly jumps on high skip pass to his man at right 45, misses it and gives up open 3

- Finds open shooter in rhythm off baseline screen - assists corner 3

- Morris coming off left ball screen decides to pull up when he had lane to the hoop - airball - bad decision

- Line drive left, draws multiple defenders, hangs switches hands and makes on point right handed pass to right 45 3 point shooter

- Wide open 3 in transition - hits from left 45

- Good denial one pass away on the perimeter

- Left 45 pullup jumper - miss

- Gets caught in right ball screen at left 45 - Matthews beat him middle

- Right ball screen, gets in lane, hesitation, dumps off to big, tipped out of bounds - wasn't much room

- Forces left corner 3 with Tillie on him - should have driven

- Right 45 hesitation then drive right, hangs and banks it in with defender all over him

- Blowby left, finds open corner shooter left ball side - missed 3

- Smart play against zone got into middle but missed good look at a floater - got offensive rebound though - found Mitrou-Long with space for 3, good awareness

- Catch and shoot left corner 3 - miss

- Right ball screen, pullup jumper right 45 - miss

- Great pass - uses right ball screen, gets into lane, goes very deep gets in air and passes around defender to open big under hoop who gets fouled going up

- Terrible D - stunts but doesn't even try and recover and gives wide open left 45 3

- Denies right ball screen, quick crossover right to left, gets in lane and floats it in

- Fantastic pass - Probe in transition, draws multiple defenders attention, and hits Thomas for backdoor cut baseline layin

- Beats defender middle, draws big in the air, passes off to right short corner - hit jumper - another assist creating an open shot for a teammate

- Great at attacking closeouts - defender was late closing out, quick drive from left 45 and floats it in

- Left ball screen, pulls up from deep 2 off balance - miss

- Uses ball screen right, weaves into lane, right to left, puts body into big and fades away for short jumper - hit

- Misses catch and shoot deep left 45 3

- Drives left, pulls up deep corner jumper, rims out

NBA Comparison: Beno Udrih

Current Ability: 5

Projection as an NBA Player: 6

Projected Draft Spot: Undrafted

Opinion: Morris has a chance to be an NBA backup because he runs a team very well and knows when to score vs. pass. He will not be asked to score much but instead find open teammates, which is his primary strength. Morris makes smart passes and is not flashy. He will have to improve his defensive effort which was lackluster in the 2 games I watched him, but his athleticism should allow him to increase effort in limited playing time.