Memphis prep wing Earvin Morris signed a National Letter of Intent Monday to play at Kent State next season.
The 6-foot-5, 180-pound forward, joines the Golden Flashes from Memphis East High School, where he helped lead the Mustangs to a state champsionship.
“Earvin is a versatile wing and a multi-dimensional player that is similar to a lot of our guards and fits the same mold of the guards that have had success at Kent State,” KSU coach Rob Senderoff said in a statement. “He was part of Sam Bachelor’s Memphis East state championship team this year, so you know he is committed to the game and is a proven winner.”
Morris led the Mustangs into the state championship by scoring 24 points in the AAA sectional, then responded with 16 points and 10 rebounds in the state championship game. The pair of standout performances earned him a spot on the all tournament team.
“Earvin has been verbally committed to Kent State since October,” continued Senderoff. “We signed him to a NLI in the late signing period and the plan was for him to go to prep school next year. When a scholarship recently came open our staff talked it over with him and his family and we all felt like it would be great to get him here for the fall instead of waiting till next year.”
Rated a three-star recruit by Rivals.com, Morris was one of 10 2012 McDonald’s All American Games Nominees from the city of Memphis. As a junior, he led Class AAA in scoring and rebounding for his class with 16.4 ppg and 8.4 rpg.
Morris joins the five-member incoming class of Melvin Tabb (junior, F), Darren Goodson (junior, G/F) and freshmen Khaliq Spicer (F/C) Chris Ortiz (F) and Kellon Thomas (G), all committed in November.
Also signed in November was sophomore guard K.K. Simmons, a transfer from UNC Wilmington, who will be eligible in 2013-14 after sitting this coming year due to NCAA Transfer rules.
Tulsa transfer Bryson Pope (junior, G), is also eligible after sitting out last season 2 to NCAA Transfer rules.