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Posted on Tue, Mar 29, 2011 : 9:24 a.m.

Breaking down Darius Morris' strengths and weaknesses as he contemplates the NBA Draft

By Staff

Now that it's confirmed that Darius Morris is exploring his NBA Draft potential, the debate is raging over whether declaring early or returning to school is the right choice for the Michigan basketball sophomore point guard.

Former Michigan player and current ESPN analyst Tim McCormick told the Detroit News he thinks Morris should stay in college.

Big Ten Network analyst Jimmy Jackson broke down Morris' strengths and weaknesses in the following video clip. Jackson says he doesn't think Morris is ready for the draft, but thinks he is "doing it strategically to get a sense and feel for what the pros think about him and what areas he needs to improve in.”

Morris will learn the opinion of the NBA's Undergraduate Advisory Committee on or before April 18.

"These are the specialists in the NBA at this," coach John Beilein said. "This is who you should be allowing to advise you."



Tue, Mar 29, 2011 : 6:34 p.m.

Those who stay will be short on cash, well it is UM so maybe not.


Tue, Mar 29, 2011 : 6:23 p.m.

As much as he's improved, Morris isn't ready for the NBA yet. His decision-making on the court could have been better on quite a few occasions where he forced the ball into a defense that was too tough. Sometimes he got away with it, a lot of times he didn't. Also, 25% from the 3 point line simply isn't nearly good enough in the NBA, especially for a guard. And then there's foul shooting. 71.3% is OK for a front line player, but not a guard. He needs to get his FT % up there closer to 80%. I don't blame him for testing the water, as he can get some valuable feedback. But, I imagine Beilein is advising him to stay for at least another year, and he should take that advice.


Tue, Mar 29, 2011 : 6:12 p.m.

Darius is a serious threat to drive and dish, but his outside shooting is scetchy at best, and he is notorious for being weak moving to his left. Only he knows what is best for him, so whatever. I can't help thinking that Trey Burke's commitment to UM could have some influence here.


Tue, Mar 29, 2011 : 4:21 p.m.

Dude ain't ready for the man's league just yet, but I don't hold it against him for exploring his options.