HoopsHype Darius Morris rumors

November 30, 2011 Updates

It remains unclear how the Lakers' roster will look now up through their season opener Christmas Day against the Chicago Bulls. The Lakers have plenty of unsigned players, including Shannon Brown, Devin Ebanks, Derrick Caracter, Joe Smith and Theo Ratliff. They can exercise the so-called amnesty clause by shedding ties with Metta World Peace (three years, $21.5 million) or Luke Walton (two years, $11.46 million). Free agency beginning on Dec. 9 will also contribute to the frantic environment leading to opening day. Still, Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak told The Times' Mike Bresnahan that both rookies Darius Morris and Goudelock "probably deserve a chance to be looked at, and [they] have promise." Los Angeles Times

November 16, 2011 Updates

With the NBA lockout appearing to have no end in sight, Lakers rookie guard Darius Morris remains hunkered in local college and high school gyms. But Morris maintained after a workout Wednesday at Loyola Marymount University that he prefers this routine to returning to University of Michigan for his junior season. Morris considered the prospect of a lost 2011-2012 campaign before giving up his final two years of eligibility, and said he holds zero regrets. "Playing against pros will translate better in improving my game from the college to pro level," Morris said. "There's a lot of positives to leaving early. The opportunity in my position with the Lakers is something a lot of people desire to have." Los Angeles Times

October 6, 2011 Updates

Darius Morris is about to break his routine of morning workouts at Loyola Marymount University and evening scrimmages at Costa Mesa High school. The Lakers' rookie guard and former University of Michigan and Los Angeles Windward High product is set to fly to Mexico on Thursday morning to appear in a pair of exhibition games, according to his agent, Brian Dyke, who declined to say whether Morris would receive any compensation for the appearance. Los Angeles Times

June 28, 2011 Updates
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Shumpert, meanwhile, has gotten great support in the Knicks' board room in recent days, rising up the point-guard chart due to his workout two weeks. The 6-foot-5 Shumpert is now considered ahead of Michigan's Darius Morris and Kansas' Josh Selby because of his defensive ability and shooting from the perimeter. New York Post

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The Indiana Pacers will host their first pre-draft workout today at Conseco Fieldhouse, without interim coach Frank Vogel. Purdue's JaJuan Johnson, a Franklin Central graduate, highlights a group that also includes Corey Fisher (Villanova), Justin Harper (Richmond), Darius Morris (Michigan), Josh Selby (Kansas) and Chris Wright (Georgetown). The Pacers have the Nos. 15 and 42 picks in the June 23 draft. "One of four guys I like will get to us (at No. 15)," Pacers president Larry Bird said. "They're all different sizes. I think we can use some help in every area. We're going to get a player that will help us." Indianapolis Star

May 17, 2011 Updates

Massive group workouts seem to be a big theme in this year's draft proceedings. The Minnesota Timberwolves will be hosting a group workout with as many as 24 draft- hopeful participants, with representatives from 22 to 28 teams expected to be in attendance. Jonathon Givony of DraftExpress has confirmed 20 of the 24 players that will be participating in the two-day workouts scheduled for May 23-24, 2011. The list of guards confirmed for the Minnesota workout includes Butler's Shelvin Mack, Michigan State's Kalin Lucas, Iowa State's Diante Garrett, Michigan's Darius Morris, Kansas' Josh Selby, Boston College's Reggie Jackson and UCLA's Malcolm Lee. Examiner

May 11, 2011 Updates
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University of Michigan sophomore guard Darius Morris (Los Angeles, Calif./Windward HS) has decided to forego the remainder of his college eligibility and remain as an early entry for the 2011 NBA Draft. "There have been long discussions with my family, friends and my Michigan coaches," said Morris. "After gathering all the information possible, I have decided to stay in the NBA Draft and pursue my dream of playing professional basketball. "This was a difficult decision; however, in the end I decided to go with my heart. Playing professional basketball has always been a dream for me. I feel this is the right time for me to pursue that goal. It will be hard to leave the University of Michigan; however, I truly believe the basketball program is moving in a very positive direction. University of Michigan Official Athletic Site

Jonathan Givony of DraftExpress.com is reporting that Michigan basketball point guard Darius Morris will not withdraw his name from the 2011 NBA Draft. He has until the end of the weekend to make a decision about whether he wants to keep his name in or not, but according to Givony, that decision has already been made. What this means is that Morris will not return to Michigan for his junior season if the report holds true. SB Nation

April 30, 2011 Updates

Michigan guard Darius Morris is among a group of players who will work out in front of NBA executives in New Jersey next week. A sophomore guard, Morris declared for the draft but hasn't yet hired an agent. He has accepted an invitation for the May 7-8 workouts, according to ESPN.com. May 8 is a key date, since it's the last day for underclassmen who have declared for the draft to pull out and still retain college eligibility. Detroit News

April 26, 2011 Updates

Two NBA scouts who spoke with AnnArbor.com on the condition of anonymity (the league instructs its scouts not to discuss underclassmen) both said Morris improved greatly this past year. He went from a player they weren’t focused on prior to the season to one that had to be scouted during it. Still, they weren’t expecting to have to evaluate Morris as a candidate for this year’s draft. AnnArbor.com

“I’m surprised,” NBA Scout No. 1 said. “I thought that he came on, I thought he had a pretty solid year and came on really strong at the end. But I’m really surprised that he decided (to declare for the draft).” Both scouts agreed that Morris isn't likely to be a first-round pick in the June draft. Scout No. 1 said he envisions Morris fitting somewhere between picks 35-45. “It’s not a pie-in-the-sky ridiculous thing, but it is also probably not in his best interests to be in the draft right now because I don’t think he’s in the first round,” NBA Scout No. 2 said. AnnArbor.com

April 22, 2011 Updates

Sophomore guard Darius Morris (Los Angeles, Calif./Windward HS) of the University of Michigan men's basketball team has submitted the necessary paperwork to declare for the 2011 National Basketball Association (NBA) Draft but has opted not to hire an agent at this time. Morris is eligible to return to Michigan for his junior season if he withdraws his name from draft consideration before the May 8 deadline. "All my life it has been a goal of mine to play in the NBA, and I am blessed to have the opportunity to take this step towards that dream," said Morris. "I look forward to going through this process with the potential of playing at the next level." University of Michigan Official Athletic Site

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