December 6, 2012 in High School
As a freshman, Beecher‘s Monte Morris was the best player on a team that made the state semifinals. As a sophomore, his team once again made the state semis and he was the Class C Player of the Year. As a junior, he repeated as Class C Player of the Year and led Beecher to an undefeated record and state championship.
As a senior who is bound for Iowa State next year, Morris is not focusing too much on the future, according to a profile by Eric Woodyard of the Flint Journal:
“My goal is just to be the best player that I can be and don’t try to get caught up in the hype by just playing team basketball like I’ve been doing,” Morris said. “I want to up my scoring to at least about 25 per game, up my assists to about 7 or 8 and keep rebounding the ball well and I just want to get back to the Breslin (Center) one more time and repeat so I can say I did it all four years and I want to win another state championship.”
Morris might be too humble to say it, so I’ll say it for him: he should be the leading candidate for this year’s Mr. Basketball Award.
The award is often political — one of the common criticisms is that it often just goes to whoever Tom Izzo gave a scholarship to. But the award should, simply, go to the best high school player in the state, regardless of where that person is headed to college. If Morris builds on what he’s done in his three years leading Beecher’s varsity team, he should not only win the award, he’ll eventually go down as one of the most decorated high school players Michigan has ever produced. Who can argue with his track record?