by Alex Schwartz
HAMPTON, Va. – Baltimore (MD) City College star Dwayne Morgan is one of the nation’s elite players in the class of 2014. A 6-foot-7, 187-pound small forward, Morgan showed what he can do on Saturday at the Southern Jam Fest in a victory over Garner Road- Davis.
After the contest, Terps Insider had the opportunity to speak with Morgan, who is running with Under Armour Baltimore’s Finest U16 squad.
Morgan said he holds scholarship offers from the likes of UNLV, Seton Hall, Florida, North Carolina State, and South Florida. Additionally, he is receiving interest from Maryland, George Mason, Texas, Clemson, and others.
At this point, the rising junior said he has Maryland, North Carolina State and South Florida as his favorites. He noted that Maryland, UNLV and South Florida are the programs coming at him the hardest.
Morgan said he has yet to take any unofficial visits this spring and was unable to go on the one trip he did try to make happen.
“I had one planned to Texas, but my schedule is hectic now,” Morgan said. “I got USA trials right now and all.”
Morgan has no timetable for a commitment and is hoping that quality performances will garner him more college looks.
“I’m just playing because the way I’m working I can only get better,” Morgan explained. “More schools will come [then and] I can narrow it down, pick which school is best for me.”
The long, athletic wing is the son of two former Clemson athletes, as his mother played basketball there and his dad was on the football team.
“Yeah, I love that [school],” Morgan said of Clemson. “First off, it’s a family thing and I love that orange.”
Morgan said that growing up, he was a fan of not only Clemson, but Maryland as well.
“They’re recruiting me hard,” Morgan said of Maryland. “That’s my hometown [school].”
It has primarily been assistant coach Bino Ranson who has been pursuing Morgan for the Terrapins.
“I’ve already known Bino [because of] like a family thing for a while,” Morgan said of his relationship with coach Ranson. “If I call him, he tells me what I need to do.”
While Ranson has been his main contact in College Park, Morgan noted that he does “keep up with coach [Mark] Turgeon a little bit” as well.
Morgan also talked a little bit about the renewed attention that this Maryland staff is placing on recruiting the city of Baltimore.
“Yeah, I think they’re more focused [on Baltimore],” Morgan said. “There’s a lot of hidden talent in Baltimore. We’re tough, we’re gonna play hard regardless.”
Speaking of Baltimore, Morgan mentioned that as a freshman, he was a teammate of current Terrapin guard Nick Faust, who is the lone returning player from the Charm City.
When asked who he compares his game to, Morgan actually cited three guys who spent most of their pre-college playing days in Baltimore: Rudy Gay, Carmelo Anthony and Reggie Lewis.
“Attacking the basket and going for rebounds, offensive rebounds,” Morgan said of the strongest aspects of his game.
As for his chief weakness on the court, he remarked, “I’m really not sure, just—I like to try to work on everything.”
Already a major talent, Dwayne Morgan is a player with a chance to be special down the road if he does indeed put in the time and work on his game.