WAYNESVILLE, Mo. One of the area’s best players to watch this year, wears the Orange and Black at Waynesville.
Juwan Morgan towers over the Waynesville Tigers. The 6’7″ athletic forward is turning a lot of heads and is destined in two years to join a Division-I basketball program.
“We feel like we got one of the best players in the state,” Waynesville coach Chris Pilz said. “Our strength is going to be getting (Morgan) the ball; he’s our first option and our third option.”
“(Morgan) makes everyone else around him much better,” Pilz added, “he’s an intelligent player.”
Last year as a sophmore, Morgan averaged 19-points and ten rebounds per game. As a junior, this proud member of a military family says he still has a lot of work to do.
“I want to pick up my rebounding game and become more of a defensive threat,” Morgan said.
Over the summer, Juwan was the lone junior on a senior packed AAU team of Missouri and Kansas players.
For the MO-KAN Elite, Morgan led his team in rebounds with 6.5 per game and was the fourth leading scorer.
“The experience was great,” Morgan said. “It was another level of play. Guys are six to seven inches taller, and have 50 pounds on you. You’re playing with someone going to the NBA everynight.”
And that exposure already has colleges interested; Missouri State has already offered while Kansas, Kansas State, Tulsa, Creighton and even Harvard.
“The time is finally here; the time has been put in,” Morgan said. “It’s a dream come true almost”
“One thing I’d like to say to the younger players, believe you can do something and put the work into it and it’ll come true.”
Juwan’s also very proud of his Tigers. A deep squad, he believes, has all the makings of a team, that can advance deep into the playoffs.
“I think we should make a pretty good run ito the playoffs,” Morgan said. “I’m nterested to see what the future will hold for us.”
“I’ve coached a lot of teams,” coach Pilz said. “We’ve got a lot of good players. But I think as a group, this team is coming together, and possibly could be the best team I’ve coached in high school.”