Cornell Big Red combo guard Matt Morgan declared for the NBA Draft on Sunday after leading the Ivy League in scoring the past two seasons.
Morgan will not hire an agent in order to retain his college eligibility. In all likelihood, the combo guard will be back for his junior year and will use his declaration as an opportunity to talk to NBA scouts and coaches and continue to better his game.
Morgan is always looking to improve and take his game to the next level.
“I had a pretty good start to my Ivy League career but there is still a lot that I can improve on,” Morgan said. “Working with a new coaching staff, they have pointed out some things that I can work on to take my game to another level. I just plan on getting stronger and more skilled all around to help build on last season.”
The NBA Draft process will help Morgan identify what he needs to improve on in order to one day play in the NBA.
The last Ivy League player to test the Draft waters early was Yale’s Makai Mason, who declared after his 31 point performance in the first round of the NCAA Tournament against Baylor. Mason eventually decided to return back to school only to be sidelined all season with a foot injury. He will be back this year commanding the Bulldogs’ attack and has announced that he will transfer after this upcoming season to obtain a 5th year of eligibility.
Morgan averaged 18.5 points and earned second-team All-Ivy League twice in his first two seasons at Cornell. The Big Red finished 8-21 and posted a losing record for the 7th straight season.
Morgan did once talk about his dreams to win at Cornell and how he believes Head Coach Brian Earl can take them to the postseason.
“Our coach brings in some experience in winning not only in the Ivy League but also out of conference. When [Coach] was at Princeton, they were ranked nationally and made it to the NCAA tournament. He was POTY and won championships so he knows what it takes to get there and hopefully he brings some of that to our team now.”
Although the Big Red didn’t have much success this season, they have a strong recruiting class coming in and will have a full offseason to master the Princeton offense. All this should lure Morgan, who has until May 24th to withdraw, back to Ithaca.
– M Roitman