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Posted on Fri, Mar 16, 2012 : 5:06 p.m.

Los Angeles Lakers recall former Michigan point guard Darius Morris

By Nick Baumgardner

Darius Morris' pro basketball demotion didn't last long.

Nine days after being sent to the NBA Development League, the Los Angeles Lakers recalled the former Michigan basketball point guard Friday, according to a report in the Los Angeles Times.


Former Michigan point guard Darius Morris (4) was recalled by the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday. file photo

Morris scored 21 points in 28 minutes in his NBADL debut with the D-Fenders, but then sat out the next game with a wrist injury, and is now listed as day-to-day by the Lakers.

The promotion for Morris comes one day after the Lakers traded veteran point guard Derek Fisher to the Houston Rockets, while also acquiring point guard Ramon Sessions from the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Morris has appeared in 13 games this season for the Lakers, averaging 2.7 points and 1.1 assists per game.

Prior to the stint in the NBADL, he had been stuck behind Fisher and backup point guard Steve Blake in Los Angeles' rotation. 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.

Nick Baumgardner covers Michigan basketball for He can be reached at 734-623-2514, by email at and followed on Twitter @nickbaumgardner.

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Bennie's Curse

Sat, Mar 17, 2012 : 2:38 a.m.

Heard Louis Bullock, Mike McGee, Antoine Joubert and Steve Grote want him on their rec ball team at the Y next time he's sent back down.


Sat, Mar 17, 2012 : 3:01 a.m.

You forgot about Eric Turner.