Saturday, September 13, 2014

Matt Morgan Commits to Cornell

Cornell received a commitment from Matt Morgan (Cox Mill HS) Concord, NC, 6-2 G.  The point guard also plays AAU basketbal for the Queen City Thunder.

Cornell had been on Morgan for quite a while, making an offer on March 20, 2014.  Matt is the son, of Lamon Morgan, a former 4-year player at Georgetown (class of 1994) and a Gonzaga HS, D.C. graduate.

As a high school senior, per the Salisbury Post, he was named his conference (SPC) Player of the Year.  He was also selected to the North Carolina All Star team in the North Carolina vs. South Carolina, Carolinas All Star Classic.

On the AAU Circuit over the summer of 2014, Morgan was the Future 150 Charlotte Main Event Tournament MVP.   Future 150 wrote, "Morgan had an excellent weekend, showing our staff exactly why he is such a coveted low major prospect, showing off his blazing speed and crafty finishing ability."

Obviously a big time scorer, Morgan has already surpassed 1,000 career high school points.

A true PG, Future 150 describes him, as, "Matt is an excellent slashing prospect who is very hard to stay in front of. He always seems to get a piece of the paint and can finish around the rim using both hands. He possesses excellent court vision and a high basketball IQ, making him an appealing low major prospect."

See Morgan's profile on Future 150 and Verbal Commits.  Below is Morgan's profile from the Phenom Hoop Report below:
Player: 6’2 Matt Morgan
Class: 2015
Twitter: @TheRealMM30
HS: Cox Mill High School (Concord, NC)
GPA: 3.6 Weighted (3.2 GPA Unweighted)
Honors: A/B Honor Roll
PPG: 24.5
RPG: 4.0
APG: 4.0
SPG: 4.7
Basketball Honors: All Conference South Piedmont Conference 2nd Team All Cabarrus County, Team MVP, Team Co-Captain, Conference Tournament Champions, and LeRoy Holden All-Tournament Team
Last season, 6’2 sophomore Matt Morgan helped Cox Mill to the 2013 South Piedmont 3A Conference tournament championship. He averaged 14.5 PPG and 5.5 APG and has started to draw interest from Southern Conference and Big South Schools in the area. This season, Cox Mill is off to a fast start and so is Matt Morgan. In the first four games of the season, Matt is averaging 24.5 PPG and dishing out 4 APG, but the biggest impact has been on the defensive end of the court where he is averaging 4.7 steals per game.
Matthew has always been known for his athleticism and ability to play hard. He is the type of player that will give maximum effort 100% of the time. Matthew recently attended the NC Phenom 150 camp in October and we were impressed with his hustle, attitude and overall play. We stated the following, “Matthew is very athletic and finishes well in transition. He is a really good defender, especially his anticipation of passing lanes. He thrived in the open court and is an excellent teammate. We were impressed with his soft shooting touch and more importantly his 1-2 dribble pull up jumper. He is a very talented player with a bright future and should be playing at the next appropriate level.”
Cox Mill head coach Jody Barbee has been singing his praises and stated, “Matt has been flying under the radar. He plays PG for us, but think he will be an excellent combo guard because of his ability to score the ball. The kid plays with such emotion and heart. More importantly, you are not going to out work him because he is so competitive.”  What separates Matt from many of his peers, he simply “gets it.” He is a true “student athlete” and sports an impressive 3.6 GPA. He is a model citizen on and off the court and he is as good a person as he is a basketball player. Matt showcased his ability at the Phenom 150 Camp in October and has carried this over to the high school season. In our camp evaluation, we were impressed with his ability to read the passing lanes and it is not surprising that he is averaging 4.7 steals per game. His competitive nature translates at every level and in any game situation, whether it is AAU, high school or exposure camp settings. Matt’s strongest attributes is his ability to get to the rim and finish with contact, overall court vision and his uncanny ability to knock down 3-pointers with consistency. Coach Jody Barbee stated “Matt holds the record for the most three’s in a season at Cox Mill with 50. Matt has continued to grow on and off the court and is an extension of a coach on the floor. He is a pleasure to coach and has been fun watching him orchestrate the team the past three years. Matt’s basketball IQ is off the charts which should be natural with his dad having played college ball at Georgetown.”
While Matt Morgan has been flying under the radar, D1 coaches in the area should put this young man in their SIM CARD. He has the combination of skills, athleticism and academics, but more importantly is a high character young man. Coach Barbee stated it best when he commented, “Matt is a deserving young man and I can only hope that my 8 year old turns out to be the young man he is.” That statement alone speaks volume.


BigRed1965 said...

I know highlight tapes can make most anyone look good, but wow, this young man looks like some kind of shooter!

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

He's pretty much Galal Cancer with a much better jump shot. Similar "shift, shake and go" athleticism with the ball, can get into the lane, but unlike Galal, he can hit the open jumper.

You have to love his coach's description of his outside shot-- "consistent." That's what Cornell guards need. Consistent shooting.

Probably not athletic enough to play at the BCS level, which is why a guy like Siyani Chambers had virtually no interest beyond mid majors. But Matt is athletic enough to stand out in the Ivy.

The end sum is that Matt Morgan was a guy we wanted. We offered last winter and were following him all spring and summer. A whole lot of low/mid southern schools were all over him, including good programs like Davidson. He'll be a good Ivy player and addresses our PG needs.

He's also a high character kid. Another plus for the program.

The staff brought in a nice quartet of athletic perimeter guys that fit Bill's style of play, run and gun.

They now badly need to address the frontcourt.

Shonn and Braxston have health history issues. And you never know if Shonn pulls for the NBA or something else. That only leaves David O. and Jordan for the bigs on the 15-16 roster. This class will need at least 1-2 guys in the 6'8" and up range who can play inside.

Anonymous said...

Is this a typo? "And you never know if Shonn pulls for the NBA or something else."

Did you mean SEC or something like that?

Anonymous said...

Shonn is great. But he ain't going to the NBA.

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

People with a lot more knowledge in this area disagree with you.