Power Forward/Center 6'8/240lbs
University of Detroit Jesuit (Detroit, MI)
NR: *** Position Rank: 27th
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His Recruiting Story
John Beilein got off to a relatively late start to the 2009 recruiting class but he did hit the ground running. With the early departure of Kendrick Price and only freshman center Ben Cronin set to come in the 2008 class, the Michigan staff knew it needed to hunt for a talented post with some size. Enter Jordan Morgan.
"I'm really big inside," said Morgan in late October '07 after a visit. "I've got a lot of size on other guys my height. I'm 6-8, but I'm 240-245. So I've got a lot of size. When it comes to the post, I can really throw my body around and use that to my advantage to get rebounds and play big inside. I can make a difference when it comes down to it."
From the get go of Morgan's recruitment, Michigan was a factor for many reasons, including a couple Wolverine fans as influences. But with other schools pursuing and no Michigan offer, Jordan decided to keep an open mind and take some visits.
"Michigan…I'm really liking Michigan right now," said Morgan. "I've been a Michigan fan all of my life. My mom grew up going to Michigan games. My grandpa has always been a Michigan fan and he use to take my mom to football games. We've had season tickets since before my mom was born. I've been going to Michigan games since before I can remember. And I'm really liking Beilein as a coach. But I like Purdue also. I visited them last weekend and they were really a surprise. They had really nice facilities and they also have a really good engineering school. I want to try to visit Kentucky because one of my friends visited for baseball. He told me that it is a really nice school. He told me, 'when you visit there, you're going to want to go there.' I really want to visit more schools before I thin down my perspective. I'm pretty open, but I have a couple schools in mind, and Michigan is on my mind right now."
With a couple of visits in his pocket, the skilled big man finally received official word from the Wolverines. It was an exciting time for him and his family.
"It is something I have been looking forward to," Jordan told Go Blue Wolverine early December. "Me and my dad were very excited when Coach Beilein offered me the scholarship. My mom was sleep at the time, so we went out and got some sparkling cider and chocolate and put it together with some Michigan gear and put it on the table. We woke my mom up and she was wondering about what was on the table and then we told her about the offer she was very happy as well."
Before Morgan heard officially from the Michigan staff regarding his offer, he planned on taking his time and enjoying the process. Once the offer was on the table however, it only took Jordan and his family ten days to come to his final decision. It was Michigan, he just couldn't resist. A short and sweet recruitment is something Michigan basketball fans should and do appreciate.
Jordan Morgan is a surprisingly nimble, though not explosive, big man that has a couple different moves in the post. That said, he will have to play with more consistent aggression in the paint and embrace the physical side of the game. “One of the things I’ve really been working hard on is running the floor at a non-stop pace and getting that to where it needs to be,” Morgan admitted. “Really trying to be aggressive at all times and just realizing that I can take over the game and just start taking over like I really need to be right now.” Morgan is skilled away from the basket, and he showed that ability at the Michigan elite and team camps. He hit a number of three balls and had a few dribble drives sprinkled in. . Also a decent passer either at the elbow or from the arc and is a good help defender.
Morgan must work on his touch when he receives the ball in the post. Sometimes rushing the situation gets him in trouble. Needs to recognize who is guarding him and work accordingly (ex. If smaller player is on him, back him down instead of settling for a turn around J). Could play both the four and the five, and should be solid contributor... maybe even eventual starter for the Maize & Blue