College basketball, as you all know, is largely dependent on the whims of 18 and 19 year olds looking to achieve their dream of playing in the NBA. If your team is good enough, chances are they have players who are good enough to leave early for the league - it's the double edged sword we all live with. Michigan has one player this year projected to be picked in the draft, point/shooting/everything guard Darius Morris. Right now he's projected as a mid-second round pick, but most analysts believe that he could move up into the lottery with a strong Junior year. As we all know with the saga of Manny Harris, some players believe that departing for the NBA offers a better situation regardless of their potential to "optimize" their pick with one more year in college. Darius, what say you?
"Yep," Morris said when he was asked if he was definitely returning next season.
This echoes what Morris said a week ago, when he said "yeah, I’m here man. I’m not going anywhere."
Can you please confirm that statement?
"You can't just bet, just because we're all young, and we're all going to be back, that we're going to have this opportunity," point guard Darius Morris said Sunday.
Of course, with the latest saga surrounding Manny Harris, it's understandable if you're a little gun shy here. Remember though that Manny and Beilein were notoriously "not on the same page" leading to the player's suspension during his last season. Compare that to Morris' situation, who opened up in a player's only meeting at center court in what Zack Novak called a "brutally honest" talk. During that talk, Morris pointed to himself as someone who needed to step up. On his relationship with coach Beilein, he says: