Kansas University’s Morris twins are one step closer to declaring for the NBA Draft.
Yahoo! Sports NBA reporter Marc Spears reported Friday that juniors Marcus and Markieff Morris met with aspiring agent Jason Martin in Beverly Hills, Calif., earlier this week.
Spears’ sources say Martin “treated the twins to a night of entertainment Thursday at the Eden nightclub in Hollywood.”
If the twins had any expenses paid for by a prospective agent, they’d be ineligible to play at KU next season. It’s OK for players to speak with agents and/or runners as long as they accept no benefits.
“I’ve heard the same things being reported about the twins, that they are in L.A., but I have not visited with them. I am not aware of them being in L.A.,” KU coach Bill Self told the Journal-World on Friday.
“I met with the team on Tuesday, and they knew I would be in Houston (for Final Four activities). I said I would talk to them next week.”
Several sources have spotted the twins in California this week. According to Yahoo!Sports, Martin has no current NBA players as clients. Yahoo says Martin is “being aggressive on the scene. His eyes are also on Colorado guard Alec Burks, Baylor forward Perry Jones and Texas forward Jordan Hamilton, according to sources.”
An announcement is expected sometime next week after the twins speak with Self. Self had no comment on what day the twins would make the decision on their futures known. Players have until April 25 to declare for the draft.
The twins are considered locks to be first-round picks. Marcus currently is projected to be taken No. 17 in the first round and Markieff No. 23 in the 2011 draft by draftexpress.com.
Reed honored: KU senior guard Tyrel Reed was named first-team All-America by the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award committee Friday and was recognized on open practice day at the Final Four in Reliant Stadium in Houston.
Jimmer Fredette of Brigham Young was named the Senior CLASS Award winner.
The award, chosen by a nationwide vote of Div. I head coaches, national media and fans, is presented to the most outstanding senior student-athlete in NCAA Div. I men’s basketball. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Div. I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence – community, classroom, character and competition.
Reed dominated the fan voting for the award, garnering more than 32 percent of the fan votes among the 10 finalists.
Reed is the winningest player in KU history with a 132-17 record in his four seasons in Lawrence. First-team members: Fredette; Reed; Devon Beitzel, Northern Colorado; David Lighty, Ohio State; and E’Twaun Moore, Purdue. Second-team: Dodie Dunson, Bradley; Matt Howard, Butler; Cameron Jones, Northern Arizona; Jon Leuer, Wisconsin; and Kyle Singler, Duke.
Daniels to visit Duke: DeAndre Daniels, a 6-foot-8 senior from IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., will visit Duke on April 15, Rivals.com reports. He’s also considering KU, Texas and Kentucky.