KEY POINTS

  • Marcus Morris was named Big 12 Player of the Year in 2011
  • He was drafted 14th by the Houston Rockets in 2011
  • He played with his twin brother Markieff with Kansas Jayhawks

During the trade deadline, Marcus Morris is still waiting where he would land but his alma mater showed him where home is.

The newest member of the Los Angeles Clippers just had his jersey no. 22 retired by the University of Kansas to add up to all the good things that are happening to him this NBA season. Mook, who played with his twin brother Markieff, was an integral part of the Jayhawks’ run during their tenure with the team from 2008 to 2011.

Per ClutchPoints post, the 30-year old forward helped the team in clinching Big 12 regular season titles three times, a couple of Big 12 Tournaments, and an Elite 8 appearance in his third year. He and his brother decided to list themselves to the NBA Draft and was picked back-to-back in 2011 – Markieff was picked by Phoenix Suns with the 13th pick while Marcus was picked 14th by the Houston Rockets.

After a shaky start to his NBA career, the younger Morris started to find his touch after his third season with the Suns and was a consistent double-digit scorer since then. He went on to play for the Detroit Pistons, Boston Celtics, and the New York Knicks, where he established himself as the team’s best player while getting is career highs in points (19.6) and in three-point shooting percentage (43.9%).

He was part of the three-team trade including the Knicks, the Clippers, and the Washington Wizards which also included Maurice Harkless, Issuf Sanon, Jerome Robinson, a couple of draft picks and Isaiah Thomas. Thomas was supposed to join Morris in Los Angeles but the Clippers decided to waive the former Celtics star.

In his three-year stay with the Jayhawks, he’s averaged 12.6 points, 6.2 rebounds, and 1.3 assists in 109 total games for coach Bill Self. Morris will now join an elite company that made a name for the school such as Wilt Chamberlain, Jo Jo White, Mario Chalmers, Raef LaFrentz, and Paul Pierce.

Marcus Morris Marcus Morris #13 of the New York Knicks dribbles the ball against the Washington Wizards during the first half at Capital One Arena on October 7, 2019 in Washington, DC. Photo: Scott Taetsch/Getty Images