Adam Morrison

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Adam Morrison
Position Small forward
Nickname Mo, The Stache
Height ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Weight 205 lb (93 kg)
Team Charlotte Bobcats
Nationality Flag of United States United States
Born July 19, 1984 (age 22)
Glendive, Montana
High school Mead High School,
Spokane, Washington
College Gonzaga
Draft 3rd overall, 2006
Charlotte Bobcats
Pro career 2006–present
Awards 2006 Oscar Robertson Trophy College Player of the Year

Adam Morrison (born July 19, 1984, in Glendive, Montana) is an American professional basketball player with the Charlotte Bobcats of the National Basketball Association.

Morrison played for three years at Gonzaga University and was considered to be one of the top college basketball players in 2005–06. He was a finalist for the Naismith and the Wooden Award. He was named Co-Player of the Year with Duke University's J.J. Redick by the United States Basketball Writers Association[1] and won the 2006 Chevrolet Player of the Year award.

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[edit] Early Career

Morrison's father, John Morrison, was a basketball coach, and the family moved with his coaching career: Casper College in Casper, Wyoming, Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell, South Dakota, and Dawson Community College in Glendive, Montana. When Morrison was in the fourth grade, they moved to Spokane, Washington. Adam became the Gonzaga men's team's ball boy.

When he was in the eighth-grade, he lost 30 pounds (14 kg). Meanwhile, Morrison was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. However, his illness did not keep him from becoming a star at Mead High School in Spokane. In his senior year he broke single-season and career scoring records in his high school conference, and led Mead to the finals of the state tournament. Despite playing in the final game with hypoglycemia so severe that he nearly suffered seizures, he scored 37 points in a losing effort. It was Mead's only loss that season. Despite his accomplishments, Morrison was not heavily recruited out of high school; hometown Gonzaga was the only Division I school to strongly pursue him.

[edit] Gonzaga

He arrived at Gonzaga University in 2003, averaging 11.4 points per game in the 2003-04 season and being named to the West Coast Conference's All-Freshman first team. In his sophomore year he averaged 19.0 ppg and made the All-WCC first team, as well as being named an honorable mention All-American.

Morrison began the 2005-06 season with a bang. In Gonzaga's first two games at the Maui Invitational, one of the most prestigious early-season tournaments in the sport, Morrison had huge scoring nights against two of the sport's top programs. In the first round, Morrison scored 25 points in a Zags win over Maryland. He followed up this performance with 43 points in a triple-overtime win over Michigan State in the semifinals. He matched that output against in-state rival Washington December 4, 2005, in a losing effort. However, Morrison and the Zags bounced back a week later, defeating Oklahoma State after he banked in a three-pointer with 2.5 seconds left to give Gonzaga a two point lead and eventually the win.

In the regular season, he had 13 games of 30-plus points, with five of them over 40. At 28.8 points per game, he was the nation's leading scorer in 2005-2006. His scoring totals against teams in the "major" conferences are no less impressive; he averaged 28.5 points in 11 such games. On February 18, Morrison recorded a career high 44 (including 37 in the second half alone) points against Loyola Marymount Lions in a winning effort.

Morrison's strengths include his ability to score both near and far from the basket as well as his notorious competitiveness. His will to do anything to get inside his opponents' heads is well documented, as a television viewer can often see him yelling at his opponents and teammates alike.

Morrison led the Zags with 24 points in a 2006 NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen match against UCLA, which the Zags' lost in the final seconds after UCLA had eliminated a 17 point deficit coming out of the first half. He later came in second as the national player of the year to friendly rival J.J Redick of Duke.

This turned out to be Morrison's final collegiate game, as he later decided to turn pro, forgoing his senior year of college.

Morrison was also awarded the Chevrolet player of the year, ahead of JJ Redick.

[edit] Professional career

Morrison was selected 3rd overall in the 2006 NBA Draft by the Charlotte Bobcats, behind Andrea Bargnani (Toronto Raptors) and LaMarcus Aldridge (Chicago Bulls). On July 6, 2006, the Bobcats signed Morrison to a two year contract. On November 1, 2006 in his NBA debut against the Indiana Pacers he scored 14 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists. He was the first player picked by "Manager of Basketball Operations" Michael Jordan in his tenure with the Bobcats. He scored his career high on December 30, 2006 with 30 points in a win against the Indiana Pacers.

[edit] International

Morrison has earned 4 caps for various junior teams but has yet to make his debut for the senior United States National Basketball Team

Morrison was selected to train with the senior men's team in preparation for the 2006 FIBA World Championship but was cut prior to the tournament.[1]

[edit] Diabetes

Morrison, who manages his diabetes to the point of eating exactly the same meals at the same time on game days, is considered a role model in the Inland Empire and beyond for children with the disease and their families. During his freshman year at Gonzaga, Morrison and his life with diabetes were a subject of a five-page article in Sports Illustrated. On the first day that the issue appeared in retail outlets, more than 50 parents of children with diabetes contacted the Gonzaga athletics department asking if Morrison could speak to their children. In Morrison's first collegiate season he garnered more national attention for having diabetes than for his gameplay. Though in the years since, his performance has outpaced his condition in notability.

Off the court, Morrison regulates his blood sugar with an insulin pump attached to his abdomen.

[edit] Personal

  • Musical interest: Rage Against the Machine, X-Raided[2] and Metallica (according to NBA Draft on ESPN)
  • Friends with former Duke University basketball star and Orlando Magic guard J. J. Redick[3]
  • He watches videos of Larry Bird to mold his game, according to Sports Illustrated
  • Is an avid reader and, although he denies that he is a communist, says one of his idols is Che Guevara after a project in the 8th grade[2].
  • Always eats steak and baked potatoes 2 hours and 15 minutes before a game.[3]
  • Is an avid video game player, particularly Halo 2 on Xbox Live [3].
  • In his dorm he had four posters: a Che Guevara poster that quotes "Hasta La Victoria Siempre" (Always toward victory); a Larry Bird poster that quotes "DETERMINATION"; a poster of his favorite rock band, Rage Against The Machine; and a poster of Karl Marx.[2]
  • Originally grown as a part of a bet with a friend and former Gonzaga teammate David Pendergraft, Morrison's mustache has become a cultural phenomenon.
  • Adam Morrison has appeared in many commercials for Electronic Arts's NBA Live 07, and will appear on the cover of EA's NCAA Basketball 2007. He also has endorsement contracts with Adidas and Topps.

[edit] References

  1. ^ "Team USA announce 15-man squad", FIBA2006.com, July 26, 2006. Accessed 2006-08-31.
  2. ^ a b Dave Zirin, "The NBA Draft: Prom Night Gets Political", EdgeOfSports.com, June 29, 2006.
  3. ^ a b Grant Wahl, "Jewel of a Duel", Sports Illustrated, February 28, 2006. (Available online only to SI subscribers.)

[edit] External links

2006 NBA Draft
First Round
Andrea Bargnani | LaMarcus Aldridge | Adam Morrison | Tyrus Thomas | Shelden Williams | Brandon Roy | Randy Foye | Rudy Gay | Patrick O'Bryant | Mouhamed Sene | J.J. Redick | Hilton Armstrong | Thabo Sefolosha | Ronnie Brewer | Cedric Simmons | Rodney Carney | Shawne Williams | Oleksiy Pecherov | Quincy Douby | Renaldo Balkman | Rajon Rondo | Marcus Williams | Josh Boone | Kyle Lowry | Shannon Brown | Jordan Farmar | Sergio Rodríguez | Maurice Ager | Mardy Collins | Joel Freeland
Second Round

James White | Steve Novak | Solomon Jones | Paul Davis | P.J. Tucker | Craig Smith | Bobby Jones | Kosta Perovic | David Noel | Denham Brown | James Augustine | Daniel Gibson | Marcus Vinicius | Lior Eliyahu | Alexander Johnson | Dee Brown | Paul Millsap | Vladimir Veremeenko | Leon Powe | Ryan Hollins | Cheick Samb | Guillermo Diaz | Yotam Halperin | Hassan Adams | Ejike Ugboaja | Edin Bavcic | Loukas Mavrokefalidis | J.R. Pinnock | Damir Markota | Will Blalock

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