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Jesse Morgan, a 6-foot-4, 180-pound shooting guard known as “The Takeover,” has picked up offers from Louisville and Rutgers and will tentatively visit Seton Hall this weekend and Louisville the next.
“[Rick] Pitino and Fred Hill were in yesterday [Monday]. They both offered yesterday,” said South Kent (Conn.) coach Kelvin Jefferson.
Morgan said he has two visits set.
“I have a visit to Seton Hall this weekend and a visit to Louisville on the 16th,” he wrote in a text.
“Seton Hall is trying to get him up on a visit this weekend. I’m trying to get the paperwork done,” Jefferson added.
Morgan said his top five schools are Seton Hall, UConn, Louisville, Rutgers and UMass. Jefferson said UConn and UMass “like him” have not officially offered.
Seton Hall assistant Dermon Player is recruiting Morgan and Morgan previously said he’d like to visit the Big East school.
“It’s in a nice city, nice atmosphere. I just want to get to know the players and the coaches. They are cool to be around,” he said.
Morgan has also been to UConn, Florida, La Salle and Temple unofficially.
“I’m pretty much open. I want to go where I can play,” he said.
Morgan played at Olney High in Philly before transferring to South Kent this summer after playing for Jefferson at the Reebok All-American Camp.
Jefferson said Morgan was “as under-recruited as anybody in the country.”
“Jesse’s got a chance to be really good,” Jefferson said. “He’s got great presence on the floor. He can really shot the ball and he’s got good size at 6-4 or 6-5. He handles it so well and can be moved over to the point.
“He plays within himself. He’s got a good chance to be a real good player at a high level.”
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