Dwayne Morgan to UNLV: Rebels Land 5-Star Class of 2014 Forward
UNLV secured its first commit for the 2014 class, and it was a big one.
Dwayne Morgan, a 6'7" forward from Baltimore's St. Frances high school, chose the Running Rebels over Georgetown and Maryland during a press conference held at his school Wednesday, according to Zags Blog.
Morgan went for 17.2 points, 8.3 rebounds and four blocks per game this past season. According to 247Sports' composite rankings, he is the 22nd-best overall recruit and the seventh-best small forward in his class.
With a long wingspan, Morgan plays even taller than his 6'7" frame. He is lean at 180 pounds and will have to add bulk to be truly elite, but that should come with time.
Morgan is very athletic. He can finish with authority around the rim and is also capable of blocking shots. His handles are decent as well, and because of his quick first step, he is able to get to the rim with consistency. This is a nice complement to his excellent jump shot.
Defenders can't play off of Morgan for the drive, as he has legitimate three-point range. With a high, smooth release, his shot is difficult to disrupt.
Morgan's lack of strength will initially hurt him on defense, and he will have to work more on his ball-handling to prevent smaller small forwards from stripping him as he drives to the rack.
ESPN's Dave Telep reports there are some injury concerns about Morgan, as he missed some time early this past season with tendinitis.
Still, that is about it for concerns, and his ceiling is through the roof.
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