NBA draft prospect profile: Iowa State guard Monte Morris
As part of WEEI.com’s coverage of the 2017 NBA draft, here is one in a series of profiles of prospective picks. The Celtics have amassed four picks: 1, 37, 53, and 56. The draft will be held June 22 at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center.
Hometown: Flint, Michigan
College: Iowa State
Weight: 175 pounds
Key 2016-17 stats: 16.4 points, 4.8 rebounds, 6.2 assists
Scouting report: Morris enters the draft as a reliable, extremely coachable player, with a high basketball IQ. During his four-year tenure, Morris has been the centerpiece for one of the most efficient offenses in college basketball, as Iowa State never finished below 12th in offensive efficiency. He has shown great prowess as a passer, leading the NCAA in assist to turnover ratio in three of his four seasons, posting a career mark of 4.65, with a season high of 5.16. Morris also graduates holding the Iowa State record for both assists and steals. As a jump shooter Morris has shown some potential. The senior guard shot 42 percent from mid-range his senior season and 38 percent from three-point range on 4.1 attempts per game.
As far as weaknesses, while he possesses good length at 6-foot-3 with a wingspan of 6-foot-5, he has a slight frame, at only 175 pounds. If he does not bulk up, strong physical backcourts will be able to take advantage of him at the NBA level. Morris will also have to develop more ways to create his own offense and become a prolific scorer if he hopes to find a spot on a roster spot come the 2017-18 NBA season.
Morris is projected to go late in the second round or undrafted.
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