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Darius Morris
Round 2, Pick 41
Position: PG
Class: Freshman
School: Michigan
Conference: Big Ten
HT: 6'4"
WT: 190
Biography: There weren't many players who improved more than Morris last season, but it was still at least somewhat surprising that the sophomore declared for the draft and hired an agent. He contributed little as a part-time starter for the Wolverines as a freshman, but his scoring average jumped from 4.4 points to 15.0 last season. Perhaps even more significant was his 6.7 assists per game in 2010-11 - the most among major conference players and fifth in the nation, and maybe enough to prove that he was capable of handling the point guard spot. Morris has an impressive frame for a point guard, with rare length for the position and a body capable of packing on even more muscle. He's improved greatly at getting into the paint and getting to the rim or finding an open look for a teammate, and he made 53.3 percent of his 2-point shots last season. Morris still doesn't have much range on his jumper - he hit 16 of 64 3-pointers in 2010-11 - but that could improve with some added time in the gym. He could become an above average NBA defender with some persistence, and his size should help him in that endeavor. He'll also need to work on protecting the ball - he averaged 2.9 turnovers last season - but that's to be expected with a young point guard. Morris has the look of an Andre Miller-type player, which is a strong comparison for someone projected to go toward the bottom of the first round. He probably could have been a lottery pick with another season at Michigan, but may stand to benefit just as much by watching and learning with an NBA team next season as he would have by returning to Ann Arbor.

2010 Statistics
PPG FG% RPG APG FT%
15.0 48.9 4.0 6.7 71.5
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