HoopsHype Marcus Morris rumors

June 7, 2011 Updates

Kansas forward Marcus Morris is projected to be off the draft board by the time the Warriors make their selection at No. 11, but he still accepted an invitation to work out at the team's Oakland facility Monday. The 6-foot-7 230-pounder averaged 17.2 points, 7.6 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game and was named the Big 12 Player of the Year as a junior, and he views each workout as an opportunity to prove he's even better than those gaudy numbers. "I think there's a little buzz that I'm more than advertised," Morris said. "At Kansas, you're really restricted from showing your game. I think a lot of teams are surprised that I'm better than they expected. "I'm not afraid of going to a workout, because I don't feel like there's anything I can't do." San Francisco Chronicle

June 1, 2011 Updates

Kansas forward Marcus Morris will be the headliner as the Bucks open workouts for draft prospects at the Cousins Center on Wednesday. The 6-foot-9, 230-pound Morris is considered a potential lottery pick and the Bucks own the No. 10 pick in the June draft. Morris worked out for the Indiana Pacers on Tuesday, along with Brigham Young's Jimmer Fredette and four other players. Also involved in the Bucks' six-player workout Wednesday are 6-10 forward Trey Thompkins of Georgia; 6-6 guard Anatoly Bose, a native of Kazakhstan who played two seasons at Nicholls State (La.); 6-3 guard Dwight Buycks of Marquette; 6-3 guard Andrew Goudelock of the College of Charleston; and 6-3 guard Malcolm Delaney of Virginia Tech. Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

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Marcus and Markieff Morris do everything together. The twins even have the same 14 tattoos. But soon the Kansas forwards will be going their separate ways, to different NBA teams, in the June 23 draft. Marcus Morris admitted it will be a tough transition when he spoke to reporters at the NBA draft combine. "Strange, no," Morris said. "Different, yes. We don't expect to be drafted by the same team. We hope it happens, but if it doesn't, it doesn't. "We're looking forward to going our separate ways and maturing without each other. It's actually going to make us grow as men, not always having him right there to have my back. I'm going to grow up a little bit. It might be for the best. "But we're going to get a neutral house somewhere and make sure we meet up a lot." Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

May 11, 2011 Updates

The NBA has had its fair share of twins recently. Jason Collins and Jarron Collins both were drafted. Brook Lopez and Robin Lopez both were first-round picks. But Kansas forwards Marcus Morris and Markieff Morris are taking things to a completely different level. They like the same foods. Wear the same clothes. Have the same major and have the exact same class schedules in college. They walk to class together. Eat together. They get the same haircuts. Have the same tattoos. Finish each other's sentences. Rarely stand more than a few feet apart. Text or Skype each other constantly if they're apart for more than a few hours. Even their college player efficiency ratings are virtually identical. Markieff has a 29.74, and Marcus has a 29.68. ESPN.com

In a few weeks, both Marcus and Markieff will hear their names called by David Stern. They both will walk across the stage. Both will shake Stern's hand. Each will put on the cap of the team that drafted him. But they won't do it connected at the hip. After living their whole lives together, they'll be drafted alone. "I don't want to think about that. ... Have twins ever been drafted by the same team?" Marcus says. "Maybe we could be the first." ESPN.com

For two players who have gone out of their way to emphasize their similarities, for once, they have motivation to be different. "Maybe some team will see how we are together," Marcus says. "We're not the same player. Maybe they'll see how our game complements each other. How well we work together." "Look, we're going to do our thing with or without each other," Markieff said. "We know we can play alone. But if a team were to draft both of us, I think they would be getting something special. We know each other so well. There's chemistry there. Two is better than one." ESPN.com

May 2, 2011 Updates

The Morris twins, Markieff and Marcus, are among the older (21) college prospects coming out, with three years at Kansas under their belts. The Morrises led Kansas to the Elite Eight and showed marked maturity in their junior season, and are compared favorably with another set of twins who made it in the NBA: Robin and Brook Lopez. Markieff is the slightly bigger twin who, like Robin Lopez, is expected to be a better defender and rebounder. Marcus is the better scorer, like Brook. Said a Southwest Division executive: "When they came into college, Marcus was the clear favorite. I think it's more equal now." "I think both of them have a chance," said a college coach whose team played Kansas this season. "There are character issues with both of them. But the progression they made from their frosh year is prettty remarkable. Obviouwly length will be an issue, especially with Markieff. He's more of a five. Marcus is strictly four." NBA.com

Marcus Morris "dominated this level becuase he was bigger than everybody else," the college coach said. "He has a good turnaround over his right shoulder, but can he get it off against the Duncans? But they (both) play hard. They seemed passionate about the game. It depends on who they go to. If one goes to the top 10 they're obviously going into a rebuilding situation." NBA.com

April 29, 2011 Updates

We may have Kansas' Marcus Morris, Tennessee's Tobias Harris and Wisconsin's Jon Leuer too low. A number of GMs I spoke with had Morris in the lottery. "Morris may not blow you away in any one area, but the more we've been breaking him down on Synergy, the more we feel like he's got a real shot to be very good in our league," one GM said. "I don't know how he slips out of the lottery." We had him at No. 18 on our Board. We've moved him up to 13 in our latest rankings. ESPN.com

April 8, 2011 Updates

On April 1, 2011, it was no joke when I posted a Tweet by Marcus Spears of Yahoo! Sports regarding a man named Jason Martin, who was being publicized as a sports agent, having a solid tie to The Morris twins of Kansas Basketball (Marcus and Markieff). The brothers are likely to be selected in the first round of the 2011 NBA Draft. That is even more the case, now that the twins have signed with an agent. That agent is Tony Dutt of Rival Sports Group LLC, a man that very few believed could be the person connected to Jason Martin. Sports Agent Blog

April 7, 2011 Updates

Kansas junior twin forwards Marcus and Markieff Morris, KU's top two scorers and rebounders this past season, will enter the NBA draft and forgo their senior seasons. The Morris twins will be represented by Rival Sports Group in Beverly Hills, Calif., and agent Tony Dutt, who will handle their contract negotiations with professional teams. Kansas City Star

Marcus and Markieff are both expected to be picked in the first round of the June draft. "I have thoroughly enjoyed my three seasons as a Kansas Jayhawk and consider it a privilege to have had the opportunity to play for coach Self and his staff," Marcus said in a statement. "It was a difficult decision, but I feel it's the right time for me to realize my dream to play in the National Basketball Association." Kansas City Star

Kansas coach Bill Self said about a week ago that he wouldn't be surprised if the twins turned pro, "but certainly it wouldn't surprise me if they didn't. It's kind of up in the air." It sure isn't anymore. "I have enjoyed my three seasons as a Kansas Jayhawk, and consider it a privilege to have had the opportunity to play for Coach Self and his staff," Marcus Morris said in a statement. "It was a difficult decision, but I feel it's the right time for me to realize my dream." Marcus, a second-team All-American, averaged 17.2 points and 7.6 rebounds last season, while Markieff was an honorable-mention All-American after averaging 13.6 points and 8.3 rebounds. "As I move on to the professional stage of my career, I will always remember my time as a Jayhawk," Markieff Morris said. "Playing here has prepared me for the opportunity to have a successful career in the NBA." SI.com

April 6, 2011 Updates

KU juniors Marcus and Markieff Morris have yet to announce whether they will enter the draft or return for their senior seasons. “The twins are back in class, in school. They did go to L.A. (last week to meet with an aspiring agent). The (Morris) family paid for the trip. A decision is close, but has not been made yet,” Self said. Lawrence Journal-World

April 1, 2011 Updates

Kansas’ Marcus and Markieff Morris, and UCLA’s Tyler Honeycutt are close to signing with agent Jason Martin, a source said. The Jayhawks’ twin brothers met with Martin on Wednesday in Beverly Hills, Calif., the source said. Honeycutt, a sophomore forward, has already declared for the draft; the junior forwards from Kansas have yet to declare. Yahoo! Sports

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