Former Michigan point guard Darius Morris assigned to D-League by Lakers
With the Michigan basketball program on the eve of entering postseason play, its floor leader from a year ago has received a demotion.
The Los Angeles Lakers announced Wednesday that point guard Darius Morris, who set the Wolverines' single-season assist record as a sophomore last season, has been assigned to the NBA Development League.
Morris has appeared in 13 games this season for the Lakers, averaging 2.7 points and 1.1 assists per game. He did not play Tuesday night during Los Angeles' overtime loss to the Detroit Pistons.
The former Wolverine has been stuck toward the back of a deep Los Angeles back court rotation this season, behind veteran point guards Derek Fisher and Steve Blake. The Lakers have also given extended minutes to former D-Leaguer Andrew Goudelock, who was selected after Morris in last season's NBA Draft.
Morris averaged 15 points, 6.7 assists and four rebounds per game as a sophomore at Michigan, leading the school to the third round of the NCAA Tournament. Morris' 235 assists set a single-season school record.
He finished his career tied with Lester Abram for 19th all-time in minutes per game (29) and 12th in career assists (319). In his two-year career, Morris averaged 4.8 assists.
Following the season, Morris announced he'd forego his final two years of eligibility at Michigan and declare for the NBA Draft.
"This was a difficult decision; however, in the end I decided to go with my heart,” Morris said at the time in a statement. “Playing professional basketball has always been a dream for me. I feel this is the right time for me to pursue that goal. It will be hard to leave the University of Michigan; however, I truly believe the basketball program is moving in a very positive direction.”
Morris' replacement, Michigan freshman point guard Trey Burke, was named a co-receipient of the Big Ten's Freshman of the Year on Monday. Burke currently leads Michigan in scoring at 14.6 points per game, and his 139 assists this season are a single-season record for a Wolverine freshman.
Morris, who was chosen 41st overall by the Lakers in the 2011 NBA Draft, is the team's third NBADL assignment this season. He'll now begin play for the Los Angeles D-Fenders.
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