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Darius Morris Reported to Stay in Draft


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"There have been long discussions with my family, friends and my Michigan coaches," said Morris. "After gathering all the information possible, I have decided to stay in the NBA Draft and pursue my dream of playing professional basketball.

"This was a difficult decision; however, in the end I decided to go with my heart. Playing professional basketball has always been a dream for me. I feel this is the right time for me to pursue that goal. It will be hard to leave the University of Michigan; however, I truly believe the basketball program is moving in a very positive direction.

"First of all I want to thank everyone at the University of Michigan and all its great fans. I would not be in the position I am today without the guidance of Coach (John) Beilein and his staff. I appreciate all the support I have received from all my teammates and everyone involved with the program. I will forever be a Michigan Wolverine. Lastly, and most importantly, I must thank God for blessing me with this opportunity."


Despite projections of being a bubble-first-round choice, and the advice of scouts who said Morris would be better off staying in school, the Sophomore point guard has decided to keep his name in the draft according to this tweet by Draft Express. 

While Twitter is a tough place to glean credibility from, both Mgoblog and UMhoops have it on their front page.  UMhoops offers:

Givony [ed- author of tweet] is one of the best draft reporters out there and this report confirms all of the information that we’ve received over the past several weeks. In this context, sources close to the situation generally refer to agents involved in the courting process.

So yeah, that kind of sucks.  While Morris has not yet hired an agent, that is expected very soon.  He is currently in Las Vegas working out with other prospects.  I'll always be a Darius Morris fan, even in the NBA, but it's hard not to be disappointed by this news.  Sad face is sad: