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Dallas prep Morgan visiting Cincinnati

October 20, 2007

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J'Mison "Bobo" Morgan, who at 6-foot-10, 275-pounds is one of the biggest and best true centers in the Recruiting Class of 2008, continues his college tour this weekend.

Morgan, Rivals.com's No. 23-rated player out of Dallas South Oak Cliff High, is making a campus visit to the University of Cincinnati. He already has visited LSU, Kansas University, UCLA and Alabama, meaning Cincy marks his fifth and final stop.

Morgan recently told the Baton Rouge Advocate he has a top three of KU, LSU and UCLA, though no school has been eliminated. Baylor also is on his short list of schools.

The Advocate dispelled the rumor that "Bobo" eliminated LSU after the Tigers failed to land 6-10 Greg Monroe, the country's No. 1 prospect out of Harvey, La., who is headed to Georgetown.

"That wasn't going to matter to me at all," Morgan told the Advocate. "We play two different positions, and we're totally different players. I want to play inside and that's why I'd be a good fit at LSU. They're going to need some big men next season, and I think I'd be a good fit."

Morgan plans to announce his college choice Nov. 2, his 18th birthday.

"Everyone still has a chance with me," Morgan said.

¢Canadian guard considers KU: World traveler Bill Self, who recently made a recruiting trip to Spain, apparently has trekked to Canada as well in the pursuit of top hoop talent.

Devoe Joseph, a 6-3, 175-pound senior combo guard from Ontario's Pickering High School, tells Rivals.com he has a final four of KU, Minnesota, Vanderbilt and Virginia Tech.

Joseph, who averaged 22.6 points, 5.8 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game for Canada at the FIBA Under 19 World Championships last August in Serbia, says he will travel to Vanderbilt on Oct. 26-27, KU Nov. 2-3, Minnesota Nov. 9-10 and Virginia Tech Nov. 16-17.

"I do plan on taking all four of my visits. I want to see what is out there and what each school is like," Joseph told Rivals.com. "They all have been recruiting me for some time. I'm going to look at the school, the overall program and how the players and coaches respond and interact with each other. I want to find out if it is a place that I want to be and like to be."

Rivals.com's No. 84-ranked player erupted for 33 points against Nigeria, 31 against Australia and 29 against both China and Lithuania at the FIBA tourney. He hit 27 of 69 threes in eight games, good for 39.1 percent. He was the second leading scorer overall at the prestigious international event.

Joseph, who also is an accomplished volleyball player, says Virginia Tech has recruited him the longest.

"They (Hokies coaches) have talked about my jump shot and how they want to look at me as a scorer, but I am willing to adapt to whatever role they need me to fill. I will do whatever it takes to win, and that's my first goal," said Joseph, who plays for Grassroots Canada AAU.

His team won the Pittsburgh Jam Fest last spring, an event that thrust Joseph onto the national scene.

¢Thomas visits Rutgers: Quintrell Thomas, a 6-8 forward from St. Patrick High in Newark, N.J., watched from the stands as hometown school Rutgers stunned South Florida, 30-27, in football Thursday night. Dwight Miller, a 6-8 forward from Houston, also was on hand for the game. Thomas' AAU coach said the player hoped to pick either KU, Rutgers or UNLV over the weekend and perhaps announce Monday.

¢Junior likes KU, others: De Shonte Riley, 6-10, 220 junior center from Detroit Country Day High, visited Georgetown last weekend. He told Rivals.com he also has Kansas, Michigan State, Michigan, Ohio State, Memphis, Florida and UCLA on his early list.

¢Reid update: Jeff Reid, a 6-5 junior guard from Topeka Hayden, attended KU's Late Night in the Phog on an unofficial visit. The brother of former Kansas State guard Josh Reid also has made an unofficial stop in Manhattan.

"I am getting recruited by KU and by Gonzaga. They both are pretty high on my list. They haven't offered me yet, though. K-State is only offer," Reid told Rivals.com. "Right now, I'm looking at waiting until next year to decide, but if I decide it is the right place I'll go ahead."

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