Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Morgan should help Rebels run again
By Reggie Rankin
Dwayne Morgan, the 29th-ranked recruit in the ESPN 60, committed to UNLV Wednesday over local powers Georgetown and Maryland, giving the Rebels their first commitment in the Class of 2014.
The four-star small forward goes about 6-foot-7 and 180 pounds and brings great length and a smooth skill package to the wing position. Morgan is a difficult matchup because he can positively affect the game on the break, in the lane and in the halfcourt.
Morgan is a strong defensive rebounder and capable of jumpstarting the break, where he displays a good basketball IQ and makes solid decisions. That will prove beneficial to the Rebels, who are arguably at their best when pushing the ball in transition. He can straight-line drive to attack the basket off the dribble or post smaller defenders -- using a quick and high elevating turn shot in the lane or a quick half hook over his left shoulder. He can face out to the arc, hit the open trey when his feet are set and will not hesitate to finish above the rim on the break when he has a clear path to the rim.
Another winning attribute Morgan possesses is as a playmaker. He is unselfish and has good feel and touch on his passes, which helps create for teammates. Morgan is capable of defending multiple perimeter positions, making sure to use proper techniques. He has a good motor that often runs hot and he has a frame that will fill out nicely once he is in a full time college environment. Morgan is a smooth and efficient wing forward with excellent upside.
In Morgan, UNLV coach Dave Rice gets a versatile offensive weapon with the ability to make plays in the open court or within a set offense. His size and versatility could make him a matchup nightmare for Mountain West opponents. Rice has stressed a desire to get back to being the Runnin’ Rebels and attack with an up-tempo style, and Morgan should fit that style comfortably.
UNLV has had success in landing a number of high-level prospects, including Roscoe Smith and Daquan Cook, from the fertile recruiting grounds of the DMV. They hit a home run with Morgan; so expect the Rebels to continue to be attractive to the area’s top stars for years to come.