Just when you thought the 2014 UTEP Basketball recruiting class was pretty much a wrap, Memphis, Tenn. JUCO shooting guard Earvin Morris gave UTEP its fifth un-signed verbal commit on Monday.
Morris is a 6’5 shooting guard that hails from Memphis, Tennessee who played last year at Tallahassee Community College where he shot over 45 percent from behind the three point line during last season.
After taking time 2 sit down and talk with my parents I know where I'm playing 4 da next 2 years UTEP it is #MINERNATION— Earvin Morris (@EMorris_23) April 14, 2014
Originally, Morris signed and played a year at Kent State where he appeared in 17 games as a true freshman, a year removed from leading Memphis East High School to the Class AAA state championship in 2012 as a high school senior.
Coming out of Memphis East, Morris was a three star prospect by Rivals, and was also a Mc Donald’s All-American Game nominee; Morris recorded a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds in his High School State Championship Game in 2012.
Last season he averaged 14.4 points a game, and shot over 50 percent from the field, he had three games where he tallied more than 8 rebounds for TCC, though had 54 turnovers to 45 assists in total.
Morris was in El Paso this weekend for an official visit, and was also set to visit Houston in the coming weeks.
At 6’5 Morris brings the ability to defend multiple spots as a way to get on the floor of what is now a crowded back court, and has been described as a “high energy” guy with the ability to navigate the open floor with ease. I would also label him as a true combo guard that will provide great versatility with the likes of fellow verbal commit Marqywell Jackson.
In other news, Verbal Commits has reported that Josh Brown will transfer which is something most expected.
The signing of Morris indicates to me either a commit did not qualify (start the rumor mill on the comment thread), or to expect more defections (ditto), signing period starts Wednesday, happy Google searches!