Dwayne Morgan of Baltimore (Md.) St. Frances is one of the top small forwards in the Class of 2014. He will be contributing periodically to ZAGSBLOG during his junior season. Here’s his first entry:
For those who are unfamiliar my name is Dwayne Morgan and I’m a junior at St. Frances Academy (Baltimore, MD).
The regular season has come to an end. And our team just accomplished two out of our our team goals.
Coming into the season our team came together and said we wanted to win the BCL Title, MIAA Title and get an invite to the Alhambra Catholic Invitational, one of the most prestigious Catholic League tournaments in the country.
In the beginning of the season we were rolling. I had to sit the first 11 games because I was battling tendinitis. We went a perfect 19-0 until we suffered a tough lost to Lower Merion High out of Philly.
None of us wanted to lose this game but we came to the conclusion that we needed a wake-up call. The other half of the season had its up and downs. We finished the second half of the season 10-3,losing two games by buzzer-beaters. Our record at the end of the season was 29-4.
And we faced John Carroll for the semifinal MIAA playoff round (the team that beat us by a buzzer-beater a couple weeks earlier). We pushed the tempo and played physical and made them play our game, pushing us to a 13-point win and a chance to compete for the MIAA championship.
In the championship game against Mount St. Joseph we where winning at one point 34-12 ! We finished the game winning, 75-62.
And every player on the team seized this moment. We all won our first high school championship! We haven’t gotten complacent nor are we satisfied.
On Monday while doing community service feeding the homeless we all said that we got one more goal to accomplish and that this isn’t over until we’e playing for the BCL Championship on Sunday. We believe anything other than that will be a disappointment.
I would like to thank Adam for allowing me to write ZAGSBLOG.com. Stay tuned for I will be periodically checking in ZAGSBLOG with more entries.
My Take—We are battling UNLV for this rising superior talent. Dwayne would be a tremendous get for Mark Turgeon. The decision is set for April 5.
With the addition of Melo Trimble and Roddy Peters many experts do not believe the hunt remains for St Joe’s Phil Booth and St Frances’ Dwayne Morgan. After watching these 2 last night, there is a talent there is very special. Turgeon has always proved he is not scared to play his 5 best players no matter what position. My gut feel is that he wants both in the worst way.
Coach Turgeon, Bino, IU Coach Tom Crean, Temple Coach Fran Dunphy among many others were all in the house tonight to watch a plethora of future Division 1 players on display on Chase St at a packed St Frances Gym. It should be noted that Coach Turgeon arrived 90 minutes early and watched the JV game intently. Terrapin targets Dwayne Morgan and Phil Booth had quiet first halves but really picked up their games as the battle progressed. The video above is of Dwayne morgan scoring just before halftime.