The more advanced of the Morris twins, Marcus Morris has shown steady improvement in three years at Kansas and could be a lottery pick.
Measurables: 6-foot-9, 235 pounds, junior F from Kansas
Key stats: 17.3 points, 7.4 rebounds per game while shooting 58 percent from the field
Projected: Top 20
How would he help the Pistons?
As a freshman at Kansas, Morris certainly played the game physically and looked like he’d be a solid role player for the Jayhawks. His game, however, has evolved and expanded each season. His overall rebounding average doesn’t stand out this season, but keep in mind he’s only playing about 28 minutes per game. He grabs just over 19 percent of available defensive rebounds when he’s on the floor, a very solid number. He’s a fundamentally sound big man who can hit a 15-footer, he shoots a high percentage and he rarely takes a bad shot.
How wouldn’t he help the Pistons?
Every available big in the draft, I try to imagine next to Greg Monroe. Most, and Morris is included, would be upgrades over any incumbent on the Pistons roster, but ideally, I’d like to see a shot blocking presence next to him because Monroe isn’t going to develop into a major force in that department. Morris isn’t a shot blocker either and, like Monroe, he will give up some heft against bigger frontcourt players and will be overmatched against the really athletic bigs in the league.
What are others saying?
Showing off a truly unique blend of versatility, strength, skill, and touch for a power forward at the college level, Morris has seamlessly assumed a leadership role and become the star first option Bill Self’s team needed. Making the most of the touches Collins and Aldrich left behind, Morris ranks 12th amongst NCAA prospects in points per-40 minutes and seventh in effective FG%.
Scouts are worried that Marcus may be a tweener in the NBA. His natural position in college has been at the 4, but teams feel he may need to switch to the 3 in the pros. Is he quick enough?
Can put the ball on the deck and excels at isolating against other bigmen and using his one on one skills and speed to create jumpshots or get to the basket.