June 18, 2012
Earvin Morris added to the class of 2012
Rob Senderoff's team welcomed in a new name to the fold for the class of 2012 with the addition of Memphis (Tenn.) East star Earvin Morris. The 6-foot-5, 180 pounder is now signed and sealed for the Golden Flashes and the coaching staff is finally allowed to speak about their new player, a player who joins a deep class of newcomers to the team.
"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," Senderoff said in a release.
Morris has been a proven winner, his high school team was crowned state champs in the Volunteer state and put up 24 points in the AAA sectional game and then went for 16 points and ten boards in the state title game. He was named to the all-tournament team with his run in the playoffs.
The combo forward has been in the fold with Kent State for a while but there was some question as to when he was going to enroll at Kent State.
"Earvin has been verbally committed to Kent State since October," said 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."
Rivals.com has Morris rated as a three star player in the class of 2013 and his reclassification will carry over his stars to the class of 2012 now that he will not have to attend a year of prep school.
Morris was one of ten 2012 McDonald's All-American nominees from the city of Memphis, the area has long be a hotbed for producing top basketball talent.
During Morris' junior year he led his class (AAA) in scoring (16.4 ppg.) and in rebounding (8.4. rpg.).
Needless to say the excitement level is high with Morris being green lighted to join the team this season.
"We're excited about him joining us and even more that now that he is going to join us right away," Senderoff added.
Morris joins a recruiting class of five incoming players including Melvin Tabb (Midland [Texas] College - Junior eligibility), Darren Goodson (Pensacola [Fla.] State college - Junior eligibility) as well as three freshmen in Khaliq Spicer (Dearborn Hts., Mich.), Chris Ortiz (Brooklyn, N.Y.) and Kellon Thomas (Indianapolis, Ind.). Kent State will also have Bryson Pope become eligible after his transfer from Tulsa (sat out the last season due to regulations) and will welcome former UNC-Wilmington star K.K. Simmons in the 2013-14 season as he sits our his required transfer year.
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