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Every year, the NBA tips its hand as to who it believes are the top 14 or 15 prospects in the draft with its annual "green room" invitations. These players are invited by the league to sit in a special room with their families and agent on draft night. When their names are called, they leave the room and go up on stage to shake commissioner David Stern's hand. This year's invitees to the June 23 draft: Kyrie Irving (Duke); Derrick Williams (Arizona); Enes Kanter (Turkey); Brandon Knight (Kentucky); Kemba Walker (UConn); Jonas Valanciunas (Lithuania); Jan Vesely (Czech Republic); Kawhi Leonard (San Diego St.); Chris Singleton (Florida St.); Klay Thompson (Washington St.); Tristan Thompson (Texas); Jimmer Fredette (BYU); Marcus Morris (Kansas); and Alec Burks (Colorado). A 15th name has been added -- Markieff Morris of Kansas. Markieff is Marcus Morris' twin and also widely considered to be a top 20 draft pick. ESPN.com

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In other words: Morris not only knows what appeals to Philly fans, but also what the Sixers need. Needless to say, if he can persuade the Sixers into picking him, he’ll do it. Of course he has already worked out for nine other teams and will visit with four others before draft day, but a trip home (and a night in a hotel, too) was worth it. “I can help the team. I’m a stretch four and I’m tough. I have that Philly pride, so, they like that about me a lot,” he said. “It was a good workout. I definitely wanted to impress these guys as much as possible.” CSNPhilly.com

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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

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