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Rayno: Chicago prep Morrow says he's being recruited hard by Gophers, others

  • Blog Post by: Amelia Rayno
  • May 28, 2014 - 10:44 AM

Chicago forward Edward Morrow said this weekend that he's interested in visiting Minnesota officially, but he's very unwilling to name any program leaders in the clubhouse at this point. 

Asked who is recruiting him the hardest right now, the 2015 three-star player (according to Rivals) replied "All of them."

His Rivals page lists offers from Bradley, Creighton, Iowa State, Iowa, UMass, Minnesota, Nebraska, Illinois-Chicago, Virginia Tech, West Virginia and Wyoming.

"Everybody that offered me is calling me every other day," he said. "So that's good as well for me too, because I have options. I've just got to maintain my grades and keep doing what I've been doing.

"Getting those top-notch schools, that's good," he said. "It just lets you know where your game is progressing at and it also lets you know what you need to work on, talking to the coaches going into the next level."

He didn't slow down from his goals over the weekend, compiling 75 points, 41 rebounds and nine blocks over five games in three days at the EYBL session at the High Performance Academy in Bloomington. The 6-7 forward was very active under the basket vs. the St. Louis Eagles on Saturday, fighting for rebounds using his length to deflect balls in the paint. 

The Nebraska native -- he currently attends Simeon Career Academy on Chicago's South Side -- plays the power forward spot now but is being recruited as a small forward or stretch-four type role by most schools, he said.

"It's possible I might still grow so who knows," said Morrow, who noted he has sprouted an inch and a half in the last month. 

Minnesota is among a handful of Big Ten schools recruiting Morrow, who is also hearing from Wisconsin, Illinois and Northwestern in addition to Iowa, Nebraska and the Gophers, who have all offered.

His blood line has plenty of roots with the Huskers. Morrow still calls Nebraska "home" and knows the school as the place where his father, Edward Sr. played football while his mother, Nafeesah, played basketball. Things have changed quite a bit since the elder Morrows were on campus. Two and a half years ago, Nebraska unveiled the new Hendricks Training Complex, complete with meeting and film rooms, a weight room, a nutrition "oasis" and a players lounge with a pool table, a kitchen area, a plasma TV wall, hot and cold tanks and built in iPads and speakers everywhere. Last year, the program unveiled Pinnacle Bank Arena, an NBA-style venue. Morrow has been on campus to see all the new improvements, he said.

"The University has just elevated construction-wise," said Morrow, who also noted that facilities wouldn't play a huge role in his decision. "It's actually pretty incredible. The whole design and the structure of the building is pretty nice."

Morrow said he hasn't harbored any dreams of specifically playing in the Big Ten, but some of the conference interest has been intriguing. He hoped to visit Minnesota's campus while in town, but wasn't able to speak with or visit any of the coaches because it's an NCAA dead period in recruiting.

But after watching a handful of Minnesota games on TV and early conversations with the Gophers staff -- which offered him in late April -- Morrow is considering returning next month.

"[Coach Richard Pitino] really wants me to get down there to check out the facilities," he said. "I [think] I could fit into their program. They play more of an uptempo game, they get up and down. The coach seems like he's a great person to be around. I said I would like to get down and visit."

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