Edmond Memorial's Shaquille Morris realizes his potential as a senior

BIG ALL-CITY BOYS BASKETBALL PLAYER OF THE YEAR — Wichita State signee Shaquille Morris transformed from a big, strong, athletic kid who might be good, to a 6-foot-7, 260-pound freight train on the basketball court.
by Scott Wright Published: April 7, 2013
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photo - Shaquille Morris, Edmond Memorial. PHOTO BY BRYAN TERRY, THE OKLAHOMAN
Shaquille Morris, Edmond Memorial. PHOTO BY BRYAN TERRY, THE OKLAHOMAN

Edmond Memorial coach Shane Cowherd saw the changes coming in practice first, then gradually, in games.

Shaquille Morris was beginning to realize the potential that people had been talking about for two-plus years.

He was transforming from a big, strong, athletic kid who might be good, to a 6-foot-7, 260-pound freight train on the basketball court.

Morris, The Oklahoman's Boys Basketball Big All-City Player of the Year, averaged 17.1 points and 8.7 rebounds for Memorial, and was at his best late in the year as the Bulldogs won their second state championship in three seasons.

“It takes a little bit of time for a kid to put what he does in practice into application in games,” Cowherd said. “But as he started to get more comfortable and gain confidence, everything started to click. He became a much better player, seemingly every night.”

Memorial point guard Jordan Woodard saw it coming, too. He had played against Morris for two seasons when the big man was at Edmond Santa Fe. Then they were teammates last summer.

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by Scott Wright
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A lifelong resident of the Oklahoma City metro area, Scott Wright has been on The Oklahoman staff since 2005, covering a little bit of everything on the state's sports scene. He has been a beat writer for football and basketball at Oklahoma and...
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