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Thursday, June 9, 2011

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Morris twins to Bobcats? It’s possible

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With the 2011 NBA Draft two weeks away, here’s an exercise that can be both challenging and therapeutic for Kansas University basketball fans who can’t wait to find out which NBA teams will land former Jayhawks Marcus and Markieff Morris in the June 23 draft in New Jersey.

First, log on to your favorite non-KUSports.com sports web site and take a look at this year’s draft order. If it’ll help, you can jot down a couple of notes about team needs, draft history or anything else.

Next, you do the drafting. Fill in the names of eligible players, starting with the first pick and going as far down as you’d like. For this exercise, stopping at the end of the first round should be fine. Hint: Jotting down Duke point guard Kyrie Irving for Cleveland at No. 1 and Arizona forward Derrick Williams in Minnesota’s spot at No. 2 should send you on your way.

Here’s the tough part. See if you can find a way for Marcus and Markieff, KU’s twin towers who have played together for as long as they can remember, to remain teammates in the NBA.

It’s tricky. But it can be done. ESPN.com’s Chad Ford proved that Wednesday, when he released his latest mock draft. In it, Ford has the Charlotte Bobcats taking Marcus Morris with the No. 9 overall pick and Markieff Morris at No. 19.

Charlotte owner Michael Jordan recently acquired the No. 19 pick from New Orleans, which originally got it from Portland, to bolster the Bobcats’ stable of big men. Based on Ford’s analysis, doing that by adding the Morris twins might not be as much of a pipe dream as it seems.

Marcus Morris going ninth is an easy sell. He could go higher, he could go lower, but he’s certainly a lottery pick, which means he’ll go in the Top 14.

Here’s Ford’s take on Marcus: “The Bobcats haven’t been the greatest drafters the past few years. Michael Jordan is determined to change that. The thinking in Charlotte is to not take big risks — to go with a proven product and swing for a double instead of a home run. Morris, with his versatility, toughness and Kansas pedigree is a very good option.”

So we’re good there. But Markieff Morris at No. 19 is a little more of a stretch. The reason? The Bobcats have to hope that Markieff still is available when their second pick in Round 1 rolls around. It’s possible, but there has been plenty of talk of him landing in the lottery, as well.

Here’s Ford’s take on Markieff and the potential Morris twins merger: “A month ago I was in Florida with the Morris twins and the big topic of discussion was the inevitability of the two brothers breaking up when they were drafted by different teams. We explored a number of options that could reunite them on the same team. This is really the only plausible one, and it’s more plausible than you think. The Bobcats are one of those teams that thinks the twins can play together. If it happens, you’ll see two very happy twins on draft night.”

“Very happy” is probably an understatement. And it’s all but certain that the happiness wouldn’t end with the twins. Although many KU fans root for Boston, Miami, Oklahoma City or whatever team Kirk Hinrich is playing for at the time, Charlotte would take a huge step forward in the race to become the Allen Fieldhouse favorites.

If only Sherron Collins hadn’t missed those flights.

Where do you think the Morris twins and Josh Selby will be drafted? Enter our NBA Draft contest for a chance to win $100 in KU gear.

Comments

Ralster Jayhawk 2 years, 10 months ago

While we may not understand or agree with Sherron's decision-making, I will always root for him to turn things around. Some people are cursed with a suboptimal metabolism, or thyroid conditions (who knows?), or like the vast proportion of obese persons: poor eating habits+poor discipline. I am shocked that McDAA level of talent cannot even cut it in a PuertoRican league. Just how heavy is Sherron? 220? I hope he gets the help he needs.

Not wrong to support a young man who stayed all 4yrs, and earned his KU diploma as well. Nothing gained by slamming him. He needs help and support.

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Kevin Studer 2 years, 10 months ago

If I were running a team, I wouldn't spend 2 first rounders on the twins. Same exact background and pedigree...so if one underachieves or doesn't fit (as so often happens in the NBA), you've just doubled your draft miss. Diversify. These are two big investment eggs in one hit-or-miss basket.

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John Sheehan 2 years, 10 months ago

Sherron will alway be a guy I'll pull for.

He was a huge role player on our run to a National Championship.

He was a 4 year guy that won a lot of games.

He was the only go-to guy for a couple years.

He was as much a part of the comeback against Memphis as Mario.

I hope he can find a life without basketball and I hope Jayhawk Nation will support him.

"Strikewso" is obviously either an anti-KU guy or just a complete D-Bag KU guy.

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Scott MacWilliams 2 years, 10 months ago

Seems to me that a team with 2 spots to fill for about the same size/skill players, could really benefit from having the twins. Think about how long they've played together, how they 'know' where the other one is going to be in the next few seconds as the game is flying down the court...

Those guys would be a real draw and fun to watch for the right team. I know I'd sure be watching them.

Rock Chalk!!!

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RMAJhawk 2 years, 10 months ago

I believe they are fraternal twins.

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Sam Constance 2 years, 10 months ago

Not sure how anyone who doesn't have an identical twin themselves or isn't a psychiatrist is qualified to comment on what is a genuine psychological issue and what is just the unique relationship that identical twins share.

I've heard from identical twins that I've been friends with that the bond is so much deeper and complex than even the bond between regular siblings.

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Andrew Dunlap 2 years, 10 months ago

Don't be so hard on the twins and their desire to play together. remember they are youngsters about to live their dream. It may not happen but don't hate on them for trying. Their behavior is typical of most identical twins. after all they have identical DNA, split in two

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Lance Hobson 2 years, 10 months ago

Sherron Collins is going to end up a bum someday. As in a homeless person, there is something seriously wrong with that kid. You wonder how good we could have been if Self didn't have to spend so much time keeping him straight.

The twins in Charlotte - they may need two Jayhawks to make up for the wasted effort with Collins there.

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d_prowess 2 years, 10 months ago

They have actually given a lot of interviews in the last two weeks where they acknowledge that there is little chance of them playing together and they are cool with it. They just think it would be neat to stay teammates and NBA media types like Ford keep bringing it up because it is an interesting topic for them to write about. I don't think they seriously think they will be on the same team.

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William Blake 2 years, 10 months ago

I wonder if all the controversial comments that have recently come out of the twins actually hurts their chances of being on the same team. Their comments are already playing into who they are and is labeling them as "loud"... Some teams might like the volume up high, other teams maybe not.

I think I'll start calling them "the Dennis Rodman twins..."

I'd still like to hear more of what they meant by saying that players are held back from their game at Kansas since both twins were given the green light to shoot from anywhere on the floor...

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Matthew Herbert 2 years, 10 months ago

This whole "we can't play for different teams" thing is getting weird. Are they intending to live together the rest of their lives? Marry the same woman? Share a bank account? At some point, whether biologically the same or not, you have to become different people and live different lives. There are some deep rooted psychological issues at play here that should have been diagnosed by the tattoo artist who was asked to give them identical tattoos.

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Tony Bandle 2 years, 10 months ago

Sherron's fall from grace is becoming an example of the excellence of the Kansas coaching and tutorial staff. To keep him in school, in shape and performing at a high level for four years looks more and more like it was a herculanean task.

I am sad for him and his inability to cope with his personal demons. I hope he finds his way back.

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Jack Wilson 2 years, 10 months ago

"Quebradillas decided to part ways with Sherron Collins (180-G-87, college: Kansas) just one day after his arrival. According to some sources, the former NBA player was not in shape and that was the reason why Quebradillas decided not to keep him."

The quote from the article noted by jhaux re: Collins.

Quote from Dean Wormer below that may be applicable .. note, I have no idea if Sherron was drunk.

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James Naismith 2 years, 10 months ago

Apparently Puerto Rico only lasted one day.

http://www.latinbasket.com/Puerto-Rico/basketball.asp?NewsID=228403

Quebradillas decided to part ways with Sherron Collins (180-G-87, college: Kansas) just one day after his arrival. According to some sources, the former NBA player was not in shape and that was the reason why Quebradillas decided not to keep him.

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Martin Rosenblum 2 years, 10 months ago

What, Sherron wasn't at the scrimmage? I don't believe it!

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murph 2 years, 10 months ago

"Contingent on no marijuana testing"??? That's some restriction. Pitiful.

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Kent Wells 2 years, 10 months ago

So, what did ever happen with Sherron? What is he doing?

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