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Arterio Morris Transfers in League to Rival Kansas

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Arterio Morris is staying in the Big 12, but he’s headed north. The former Texas guard is transferring to blue blood Kansas, according to multiple reports.

This is simply a huge pickup for Bill Self and the Jayhawks, who hosted Morris for a visit last week. And his overall statistics may not show his true impact, as Morris contributed with 4.6 points per game, while adding 1.4 rebounds per contest. He averaged 11.7 minutes per game and shot it 41.1% from the field while appearing in all 38 contests. But by the end of the year, when the Longhorns made their run to the Elite Eight, Morris had morphed into an elite defender and hit 11-of-24 (45.8%) of his attempts from beyond the arc from the beginning of February on.

 

The 6-foot-3, 190-pound guard was a McDonald’s All-American and the No. 17 overall prospect in the 2022 class, per the industry-generated 247Sports Composite.

“Morris is an elite point guard prospect who is a raw talent that has the upside to potentially be the best player from the 2022 class,” wrote 247Sports Recruiting Analyst Brandon Jenkins on him coming out of high school. “Morris has pop to his game and is elusive with his handle when breaking down defenders. His short-area quickness and burst coupled with his shiftiness grant him the ability to get where ever he pleases in the half-court game. He is at his best when playing downhill where he is an instinctual player when finishing creatively at the rim. Thanks to his length, quickness, and size, Morris can also be leaned upon as a multi-positional defender.

“As he learns to play with a consistent killer instinct and polishes his overall game; mainly his jumper and decision-making, Morris could potentially take off and be mentioned in the conversation for the best lead guard in the class.”

Now he’ll bring all those talents to the table at Allen Fieldhouse for Kansas. It’s certainly a portal win for Self and co.

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