Michigan Moves Forward Without McGary
Jordan Morgan role has expanded -- again
Jordan Morgan role has expanded -- again
GoBlueWolverine.com
Posted Jan 9, 2014


STORY: Jordan Morgan and Jon Horford look to replace the injured Mitch McGary.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- With preseason All-American Mitch McGary most likely out for the season following back surgery, Michigan must look to Jordan Morgan and Jon Horford to replace their injured star.

And while Morgan and Horford are not McGary – who was widely considered a first-round pick, with a plethora skills on the court – they now have to play major roles for the Wolverines this season if they are going to compete for a Big Ten title.

But before U-M can start competing for a championship, the two upperclassman have to get better game shape to endure their new expanded roles on the team, said U-M coach John Beilein.

“It’s more getting them in game shape,” Beilein said. “I’m not worried about them right now as far we don’t anticipate more than 20 minutes a game. I think you can go really hard in practice knowing they will go 20. Max (Bielfeldt) will go in there if one of them gets in foul trouble. So I’m not too worried about that.

“I’m more worried if we only had two guys and didn’t have Max at all. But they’re two kids who are highly conditioned athletes that really work their bodies. And they’re in pretty good shape. They weren’t in game shape, just weren’t. And now they can get in game shape – and that’s important.”

Morgan, who has started 99 games in his career, was relegated to the bench during Michigan’s Final Four run a season ago and has had his fair share ops and downs throughout his career.

“I feel like I have been at every point with this team,” said Morgan, who was named to the All-Big Ten Defensive team last season. “I’ve been from the highest to the lows. At this point, you kind of just roll with it. Whatever situation you find yourself in, you got to just make the best of it. Whether I’m playing just a couple minutes, I got to still be a great teammate on the bench encouraging people, helping coach people, seeing things I might see form the bench. And when playing, I make sure I bring a lot of energy and making the best the minutes I do get.”

With Morgan and Horford expected to split minutes center, both players coach each other throughout the game, said Morgan.

“We are definitely are coaching each other through possessions and helping each other adjust to plays or certain players or things of that nature,” Morgan said. “We help each other and encourage each other all game long.”

Michigan (10-4, 2-0 Big Ten) will try to stay undefeated in conference play tonight at Nebraska (8-6, 0-2). The game will be televised at 9 p.m. on ESPN2.



Related Stories
Nik Stauskas, Jordan Morgan Talk Nebraska
 -by GoBlueWolverine.com  Jan 9, 2014
Post Game: Horford, Morgan Talk Win
 -by GoBlueWolverine.com  Jan 5, 2014
Jordan Morgan Readies For Physical Badgers
 -by GoBlueWolverine.com  Jan 17, 2014

MAGAZINE COVERAGE
Get the 2014 Recruiting Yearbook and a full year of Go Blue Wolverine Magazine with an Annual Total Access Pass.
Sign Up Today!

Upgrade Now!
Free Email Newsletter
Don't miss any news or features from GoBlueWolverine.com. Subscribe to our newsletter to have our newest articles emailed to you on a daily or weekly basis.
Click here for a list of all Team Newsletters.

Add Players to My HotList
Get free email alerts with news about your favorite players. Click name to add to My HotList.
C Jordan Morgan (profile)
[View My HotList]
Add Topics to My HotList
Get free email alerts with news about your favorite topics. Click link to add to My HotList.
Basketball > Michigan
Basketball > University Of Detroit Jesuit > Alumni
[View My HotList]