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Report links Morris twins to agent

April 2, 2011

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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.

Comments

beardwater7 3 years ago

Sad to see Kief go out after his worst game of his college career... good luck in the lock out fellas! Especially with an aspiring agent with no clients?? Hopefully Europe will treat you just the same as the Jayhawk Nation!

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volunteer 3 years ago

Still having trouble reading the comments. Server problems again?

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Number_1_Grandma 3 years ago

Surprised???

These 'kids' are going to college to get an education. The first thing they learned is to count. The dollars signs say it is in their best interest to leave college for big bucks. I can't blame them. I thank them for carrying the team this year.

Robinson could very well be leaving too. The lockout might keep him around KU another year. Don't count chickens until they're hatched!

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Larry 3 years ago

If the twins and several other Jayhawks could figure out that it's your play that gets you to the Final 4 and not running your mouth......we'd be watching KU play today.

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Jeff Kilgore 3 years ago

I assume Self pretty much knows they're gone. And if they will declare in the next few days, that will dramatically help Self recruit 4s and 5s, and it will give Thomas Robinson no doubt that he will get 30+ minutes next year.

Overall, I think it's probably in everybody's best interest, that is, unless there is a lockout. If this happens, the Morris twins will be hurt very significantly.

The thing is if Carmelo Anthony says you can play in the league which he is supposed to have told Marcus, then who would know better?

I'm glad to have had the Morris twins here at KU, and I hope that all KU fans can be grateful.

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Brett Fuller 3 years ago

FOE may only apply until money and NBA agents start calling. Evidently hard to say no to short term gratification. Hope the CBA get's resolved or they will have a pretty boring 2011-12 NBA season.

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MustHaveSalt 3 years ago

Here we go. Rather, there they go.

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rdkone 3 years ago

They are great players who will be missed, but tattoos and arrogance don't win championships - at least not at the college level.

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Robert Rauktis 3 years ago

I bet they blend in California. Inconspicuous even with their mouths shut.

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