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Minnesota lands JUCO Standout Carlos Morris

Carlos Morris shown above, became the third commitment in the 2014 class for the Minnesota Gophers.
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Chipola Community College (Florida) sophomore swingman Carlos Morris will play for the University of Minnesota next season, he announced Tuesday on Twitter. Morris, a 6’6,175 lb three star prospect, picked the Gophers over Alabama-Birmingham and Seton Hall. Gophers coach Richard Pitino now has three commitments in the 2014 class, including Arlington Country Day three-star guard Nate Mason and Bothell High School (Washington) three-star forward Josh Martin. Morris also attended Arlington Country Day who was originally a top 100 recruit who committed to South Carolina in 2012. But he was unable to get a qualifying test score to attend South Carolina. As a freshman at Chipola last year, playing with Sam Cassel Jr., Morris averaged 13.3 points, 4.1 rebounds, 2.1 assits and 1.3 steals. The 6’6 shooting guard visited Minnesota about a month ago and just made a visit to UAB this past weekend. Shortly after his most recent visit Morris decided to announce his commitment to Minnesota. Morris was ranked the No. 131 recruit in the 2012 class by Rivals, with programs like Arkansas, Cincinnati and West Virginia reportedly offering him a scholarship.

ANALYSIS:

Carlos has been known to go by the nickname of “Squirrel”. Although he will now be a Gopher, I doubt his nickname will change. Morris is a big, athletic guard and with the ball in his hands he gets where he wants on the floor with tremendous length. He's got the makings of an excellent defensive guard. Can switch from creator to scorer with relative ease. Will make his share of 3s. Can at least be a secondary ball handler. Morris will look to utilize his quickness to adapt to Pitino's uptempo style and will look to help fill a Minnesota backcourt that could be pretty depleted heading into next season.

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Bryan Steedman