April 18, 2012
HOUSTON - Kansas City Community College guard Brandon Morris will join the University of Houston men's basketball program in 2012-13 after signing his National Letter of Intent on Wednesday afternoon.
Morris, a 6-foot, 185-pound guard, chose the Cougars over Mississippi State, Seton Hall and Missouri State and will have two years of eligibility remaining. He becomes the fourth member but the first junior college transfer in head coach James Dickey's nationally ranked signing class.
"We are thrilled to have Brandon join our Cougar family. He is an explosive lead guard with great court vision," Dickey said. "He can defend as well as score. Brandon will add experience to our backcourt."
In two seasons at KCKCC for head coach Jon Oler, he helped lead the Blue Devils to a combined 45-18 record. As a sophomore in 2011-12, Morris averaged 16.9 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.9 assists per game in 31 games. He also posted 3.0 steals per contest with only 2.4 turnovers per game to help lead the team to a 20-11 overall record.
Morris connected on 57 percent of his shots from the field and drained 77 percent of his free throw attempts.
The Alexandria, La., native proved to be an efficient leader in running the offense, posting 14 games with at least six assists. However, Morris also established himself as a talented scorer, finishing with 10 20-point games a year ago, including a season-high 29 points against Wentworth Military Academy.
For his impressive efforts all season, Morris was named to the All-Jayhawk Conference Second Team.
As a freshman during the 2010-11 season, Morris posted 11.8 points, 4.0 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 2.3 steals per game. Leading the Blue Devils to a 25-7 record, he recorded at least six assists in a game nine times, including a career-high 10 assists in three contests.
Before entering the junior college ranks, Morris competed at Bolton High in central Louisiana.
Morris joins forwards Danuel House (6-7, 195, Hightower HS) and Danrad "Chicken" Knowles (6-10, 190, Homeschool Christian Youth Association) and center Valentine Izundu (6-10, 215, Lamar Consolidated HS) as the newest members of the Cougar program.
AMONG THE BEST
Prior to Morris' signing, the Cougars' signing class was rated in the nation's top 20 by three media organizations. Houston stands at No. 14 by Rivals.com, at No. 18 by ESPN and at No. 20 by Scout.com.
Both House (No. 15) and Knowles (No. 56) are ranked among the ESPNU 100. With their signing, the Cougars now have four student-athletes from that national list, joining freshman forward TaShawn Thomas (No. 92 in 2011) and redshirt freshman guard Joseph Young (No. 98 in 2010).
G 6-0 185 Junior-JC
Kansas City Kansas CC Bolton HS
ABOUT BRANDON MORRIS
Explosive lead guard with tremendous court vision... Talented scorer who still provides his teammates with scoring opportunities... Stingy defender who can rebound.
KANSAS CITY KANSAS COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Competed for head coach Jon Oler during the 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons... Member of teams that posted a combined 45-18 record in two seasons. Sophomore (2011-12): Helped lead the Blue Devils to a 20-11 record... All-Jayhawk Conference Second-Team selection... Averaged 16.9 points, 5.3 rebounds, 4.9 assists and 3.0 steals in 31 games... Shot 57 percent (104-of-221) from the field, 40 percent (24-of-60) from the 3-point line and 77 percent (105-of-137) from the free throw line... Scored at least 20 points in 10 games, including a career-high 29 points against Wentworth Military Academy... Dished out at least six assists in 14 games. Freshman (2010-11): Key member of team that posted a 25-7 record... Averaged 11.8 points, 4.0 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 2.3 steals per game... Finished with at least six assists in nine games, including a career-high 10 assists in three contests... Scored a season-high 25 pints against Independence CC... Finished with 10 assists against Johnson County CC.
BOLTON HIGH SCHOOL
Competed for head coach Fred Eloi as a senior in 2009-10 and for head coach Roger Butler during his first three prep seasons.
Born Aug. 9, 1991.
KCKCC's Morris Down to Four Schools
UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON MEN'S BASKETBALL SIGNEES
as of 2:15 p.m., April 18, 2012
Player Pos. Ht. Wt. Cl.-Exp. Hometown-High School Danuel House F 6-7 195 Fr.-HS Sugar Land, Texas-Hightower Valentine Izundu C 6-10 215 Fr.-HS Houston, Texas-Lamar Consolidated Danrad Knowles F 6-10 190 Fr.-HS Houston, Texas-HCYA Brandon Morris G 6-0 185 Jr.-JC Alexandria, La.-Bolton (Kansas City CC)