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Morgan Cuts to Three Schools; Will Announce March 27 (UPDATED)
Baltimore St. Frances star Dwayne Morgan has officially cut his list to three schools and will announce on March 27.
The announcement date was first reported by Eric Bossi of Rivals and confirmed by Dwayne Wise, Morgan’s AAU coach.
The 6-foot-7 2014 star is down to Maryland, UNLV and Georgetown.
Wise had initially told SNY.tv that he thought Arizona would make the final cut, but after speaking with Morgan’s mother later Monday, the Wildcats were cut because there is no time for a visit between now and his announcement in early April.
“He wanted his three schools to be Georgetown, UNLV and Maryland because she won’t get a chance to visit Arizona,” Wise said of Morgan’s mother. “She can’t take off [from work]. She’s not going to make it out to Arizona. So we did a conference call with Book [Richardson] and said we appreciated everything he’s done. She doesn’t want him to make any commitments unless he’s seen the campus.”
Richardson had come up to watch Morgan work out Sunday and Wise said the Arizona assistant said Morgan had a “Kevin Durant-type skillset.”
As for Georgetown, Morgan visited Saturday for the Hoyas’ 61-39 rout of Syracuse that cemented the No. 1 seed in this week’s Big East Tournament.
Wise had initially said he didn’t think they would make the cut because the Hoyas landed a pledge Sunday from Isaac Copeland, but Wise said the two could coexist.
“He’s more of a power forward,” Wise said of Copeland.
Wise also said Morgan was impressed with coach John Thompson III’s ability to “get the most out of his players.”
Morgan has long said that Maryland and UNLV were working the hardest on him, and they remain in the mix.
“Dwayne said Maryland and UNLV have recruited him the hardest,” Wise said.
As for the commitment, it was originally slated for April 5 at St. Frances, but now has been shifted.
“His mother would like for all the student body and media and administrators to be there,” Wise said.
Wise said Morgan’s mother wants him to get the process over with now so he can focus on the summer AAU circuit and his senior season.
“She wants to take the pressure off of him and have him focused and getting ready for his senior year and the circuit without having that pressure,” Wise said. “So he will shut it down early.”
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Adam Zagoria is a New York Times contributor and Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.