I know it's been mentioned before, and Horford deserves credit too, but Jordan Morgan went from discouraged and third string to starter. Many players wouldn't show the same loyalty to a school, especially as a player who may not have the best chance of making the NBA, but Jordan has not only stuck around, he's become a leader. I've always loved his game, and as efficient as he was before McGary, he's unbelievably more efficient now. I think he deserves a thread, especially after his effort tonight.
Jordan Morgan Appreciation Thread
Loved his aggression at the rim tonight. Instead of laying it up he was taking it in strong to dunk.
While he makes a bone-headed play every once in awhile (see the over-and-back tonight), Morgan has been playing exceptionally well. He has always been a plus-defender in the low-post, and now he has become a decent rebounder and decent finisher. For a guy who, as you said, was supposed to be third-string, he is now instrumental to our ability to function post-McGary.
Additionally, he would be even more valuable if B1G refs hadn't decided to stop calling charges. It seems like you have to camp out overnight to get a charge these days. That was Morgan's forte, and it's surprising that he is never in foul trouble despite still trying to take charges.
EDIT: I forgot to mention that he's also become very, very good in the pick and roll. He is now a solid contributor in all aspects of the game.
You have to love the foul he got where he didn't even touch the guy on the continuation. I like it the idea of cutting down on hip checks and "Big 10" slow white guy defense. I don't like refs blowing their whistles before fouls happen. Seems like that happens too much.
I agree, I said that to my wife twice during this game. They literally blew the whistle anticipating a foul.
Hasn't this always been a problem? Unfortunately it's a problem of the game itself and it's rules. Doubt it'll ever change unless they start allowing more contact in the rules.
yep hes obviously not the most dynamic athlete and certain holes in his game will never disappear but you can tell hes put in some work over the years, teammates and coaches rave about his role on and off court and hes found a decent little niche to fill. i really like how hes drastically improved several areas of his game not just to see clock but to impact games with limited skill set. it drove many people crazy for years when the revolving door of solid passers would drop dimes in his pocket only for morgan to go up soft or miss bunnies....but hes light years better this year at positioning and receiving the ball and aggressively attacking rims as quickly as possible. we all know what he is and what he isnt and it appears so does he. never athletic enough to be legit shot blocker or stopper or deadly pick and pop shooter or barkley on the boards but hes adapted and does just enough to get by in those areas. and in doing so morgan (and horford) have given um unexpected by such needed production. hopefully he can keep it up and possibly even improve on the boards against msu and iu and osu the rest of the way....consistent 8-10 points and 6-8 boards on 60% shooting while busting it 100% every single possession is really encouraging when combined with the various 6'6" perimeter terrors
It was early in the game where he was open for a long two. I remember going No No No YES! as it went down as if it was shot by Stauskus or GRIII. He is definitely the second consistent presence on the floor with Stauskus. When the other players diisappear or become erratic, he has been a steady force to settle the team down with a great slam, put back, block, or rebound.
It also was nice to see GRIII attack the basket like he did last night.
Looked good in real time, but the ball actually never was within a foot of half-court, and neither of his feet touched down before he released the ball. . .the man was wronged.
I'm still not convinced the over and back call against JMo was legit. I watched it a couple of times, he hadn't set a foot down in the front court, still appears to have his left foot touching in the backcourt when he drops the ball off. But with all the crap calls that were going against us last night it's not surprising. Glad the guys were able to overcome some questionable calls and get another big W.
He tied Maurice Taylor of the Fab Five II in career rebounds at 599 as a result of tonight.
People seem to forget due to McGary mania that Michigan won a B1G Championship with Jordan starting a couple years ago.
He was also the starter during our awesome undefeated start to last year before McGary got into shape. Our forward depth is really good this year and would be one of the best in the country if McGary wasn't injured. I'm really hoping Donnal can live up to the hype next year or we might have trouble losing . But I'm loving this season!
Edit: I've been thinking all season that Horford is a senior, but just checked and saw that he's a redshirt junior! Fears for next year gone.
if Donnal doesn't live up to the hype we may actually end up being pretty good at losing:) In all seriousness, I thought Horford was a senior as well, and was terrified of the frontcourt next year if Mitch leaves. Your 'Edit' brightened my morning considerably.
He's always been in them along with the other 3. There are stupid asterisks next to their stats, though.
Never forget him going up against Sullinger of Ohio and holding his own - a key win on the road to the B1G title.
He's playing great right now. He will make a nice living playing basketball somewhere next year I think.
That's probably not true. I'm happy he's on our team, but he's not going to be playing professional basketball.
There are tons of leagues outside of the D-League. He can play overseas if he wants.
I don't want this to turn into me bashing Jordan Morgan. I know there are other leagues, I just don't think it's going to happen.
There's also a pretty big difference between "making a nice living" which is what I said wasn't true, and getting some run in a random league in the Middle East or something.
Really? Stu and Zack found leagues. Hell, Javohn Shepherd (spelling?) is still playing someplace, I think. If he wants to play, I bet he can.
Oh, just read the point about 'making a nice living.' You might be right about that. If he wants to spend a few years seeing the world, and getting by, and having fun, he can definitely do that. And when he's done he has a graduate engineering degree I think. Good kid, I'm happy for him.
But an engineering degree isn't easily put on ice for a few years while you go "have fun". Use it or lose it. I mean, it's possible to do, but there are some complex skills that need to stay honed.
Had an aerospace engineering degree and decided to play in France. Morgan has worked hard at being a valuable member of the basketball squad, improving his game and getting a hard and quality degree. He's given himself a range of good options that means he'll have to make some choices. While there are reasons that he may jump right into an engineering career, he also has a pretty rare opportunity to get paid reasonable money to do something I assume he really enjoys while getting immersed in a different culture. Experiences and contacts that you can make in that type of situation could be just as valuable down the road as whatever he learns in the first few years at an entry level job.
As a 1991 Michigan ME grad, I can tell you that there are times in my career I could have played up that type of experienceinto new opportunities. I also suspect that Jordan Morgan's experience with MBB will likely open doors with Michigan grads in the engineering field that would not be as easy for the typical engineering grad to open. I further suspect that won't change even if he takes a few years to take advantage of them.
As an engineer, if you don’t continually apply yourself you lose the knowledge. This is most important right after graduating.
Why would I in any way be offended by that comment, except for the fact that it is lead off with "No offense, but..." ?
For what it's worth, I am an engineer as well, and I think you're incorrect.
Yes he will lose knowledge by not using it, but I have lost plenty of things I learned in college while working in the field. There are also a lot of things you pick up on the job that you don't learn in college. If he has an engineering background and common sense, I think he can have a very successful career even after having taken time off to play basketball. This is far from an either or decision.
Lets add he who's name shant be spoken to the list. Ok....Courtney Sims name can be spoken, but last I checked even he was bouncing around somewhere too I think.
I've seen kids go from DIII and smaller schools and make a nice living overseas, not a career but more than most people make the first year out of college.
He will also graduate with a masters degree from one of the top engineering programs in the world. A cushy engineering job might be a better alternative to playing overseas.
Then again, if I could play basketball instead of being an engineering student, I would play basketball, but I was granted strong quantitive abilities, a 5 foot 4 frame, and no hops.
Hey, my first double post!
Where are these cushy engineering jobs that you speak of?
So I'm guessing that being an engineer isn't nearly as much fun as you thought it would be?
I do have freedom to make my own schedule, so there's that...
You dont have to tell me twice, I'm on the lookout as well.
engineering school and has no student loans. Maybe play for a few years overseas if you can and get the nice paycheck that goes with it, but might be a good idea to get started on your eventual career.
Says who? If he chooses to pursue basketball professionally there will be leagues out there where he can play. Maybe not the major leagues in Europe but he can make 6 figures playing basketball if that's what he chooses. He could quite possibly make more with his masters in engineering, so it really depends on what he prefers doing.
Graham Brown, Josh Asselin, Chris Young, Jevohn Shephard, Brent Petway, Zak Novak and Stu Douglass are still collecting paychecks playing basketball. I don't see why Morgan can't.
He plays very good defense and is one of my favorite players. I hate to see Mitch down, but I love the opportunity it created for Morgan and also Horford. These 2 are playing at a high level.
Daaaaammmmnnnnn. He good.
A play that ultimately doesn't mean much but fuck that was insane. I was floored when I saw that.
He actually saved it twice when it volleyball'd off of the Iowa player.
Morgan seems like a great kid who just has a rep for fouling. I think refs unfairly call him for 1-2 per game and I understand his frustration. He's been a hard worker and a great asset to the team during his career. I remember rumors last year that he was not seeing eye to eye with Beilein and some questioned if he was going to transfer. I'm glad he stuck around.
Does he really have a rep for fouling, or do some refs just suck?
Those two things are not exclusive of one another.
I feel he must have a bad rap for some reason. Maybe due to the way he reacts (usually questioning the call very animated, or for example the sarcastic clapping last night). All conjecture on my part. I have just never seen a player get called for so many bogus fouls before. And the old school of thought was that underclass men would get called for those silly fouls, but refs respected upperclassmen and would give them more leeway. That's clearly not the case. I truly feel the refs have a beef with him.
On the contrary, maybe Morgan's loyalty to Michigan and his perseverance as a senior stems from not likely being an NBA player.
This is why you don't say shit about players that are struggling right now like Caris and tell him that he should go back to Ohio etc. In a year or 2 he could be a big part of this team like Morgan's became.
are you suggesting that Caris isn't a big part of this team right now?
I appreciate Jordan Morgan and his brothers Desmond and Courtney.
I appreciate those Morgans as well as Captain.
Morgan will definitely play professionally in something probably overseas.
He ought to become a tight end and try his hand at football.
Not gonna argue Magnus, but Morgan doesn't seem to have very good hands. Maybe that's actually less important as a TE than a 4/5, but Webber he is not.
Webber was always praised for having excellent soft hands. He could catch anything in the paint. He could grab a pass without much warning at all and through all the garbage in the paint. I'm not comparing the overall talent, just the hands.
Morgan is crucially for this team, as long as he plays aggresive and strong it will equate to a lot of wins.
I want to give credit to john horford for leading the nation in tip ins and put backs after a whistle.
He has been key offensively, defensively, and as a leader. He really has accomplished a lot and I'm proud of everything he's done. Keep on having a great fifth year JMo and congrats.
You do deserve your own thread.
Caris is a big part of this team. He's inconsistent but will be very important to us this year and in future years. I was just responding to the overreactors in the game thread. They're the same people who think we'd be undefeated in football if Hoke was slim and wore a headset.
comments were tough, especially after the Wisconsin game where his contribution was inarguable. And you're right, Morgan has been subject to the same during his career.
Can't forget that one. Loved the argument that since he's so well paid he needs to look the part.
Question answered! Be interesting to see how he matches against Sparty less AP.
I knew he would step up. My cousin spent all summer before last year working on his game with him in the offseason. He had a fear that McGary was taking his job and now that work is paying off. He could of accepted a bench role but wanted to start and be better. Happy for the guy, I didn't expect anything less from him.
Since he was RFr. Kid works and works, you have to root for guys like that!
Morgan's contributions on the defensive end in particular should carry this team pretty far by themselves, and when you combine that with Horford's input, you're getting stops and the odd double-double in a game from their combined stats. I do appreciate the great contribution that Morgan makes and the fact that he has been the difference in some key plays - including a couple last night. He's worked hard as a student and an athlete, from what I have seen, and he'll leave here a good basketball player and with undergraduate and graduate degrees from a top engineering program.
I will admit, he has been playing pretty damn well this year. He had some struggles early, but he's been improving lately. Confidence seems to be a major issue for him, hopefully he holds it together through the end of the season.
He came in with really no accolades, redshirted due to injury, and then was a wall-to-wall starter, our third-leading scorer, and our only real post option that year. He didn't have any help the next year either, Horford was hurt and our next "big man" was Smotrycz. Missing layups is my only real complaint, and he's gotten much better and simply dunking the ball. 71% FG this year! Plus he did this:
have saved this team from disaster this season with McGary going out. I certainly appreciate all his hard work.
I have to say that it's hard to single any one player on this team out for an appreciation thread though. Where would they have been last night if Spike hadn't stepped up again. How many teams would love to have this hidden gem on their team. All he does is hustle and create havoc to the opposing team. This is a team of a bunch of players who step up when needed. which I think will carry them a long way. The reason I say this is because I doubt anyone wants appreciation threads all over so I would like to say here I appreciate this whole team with TEAM being the key word. They seem to really get along and they fight for each other. I love the way they play for Beilein and I think this is going to be a huge sell to recruits going forward.
Morgan is a textbook example of the importance of guys staying 4-5 years and the power of seniors.
Think about the teams we've beaten with little or no Mitch, and we've beaten some teams with some SIZE. Florida State, Iowa, Wisconsin...you have to love the hustle that Morgan has, even if he isn't the biggest guy out there. Well done.
Other than the end of last season when he didn't seem to be himself (was he hurt?) he has always given great effort and been very good in the pick and roll, taking charges and playing great rotational defense. Glad to see JoMo got his MoJo back. He's been great this year and one of the many reasons the team is looking good.
Morgan and Horford, I don't know how they stay so composed after awful foul calls against them. I like how they both usually give a little sarcastic clap or smile, whereas I'm screaming wondering how a ref can be so blind.
Morgan does the smile and clap thing while Horford just stares with his lips pursed. They have to get so damn frustrated when getting these lame fouls called against them, then getting mugged underneath and nothin'.
Morgan just seems to represent that vital component that every Beilein team has; a hard working attitude. Morgan is willing to do anything for the TEAM it seems like. I can remember his benching behind McGary last year and everyone wondering if he would transfer. After the failed lay in/tip in against Indiana his confidence could have been blown, but he has persevered. The theme of "We Work" really fits Morgan and this team.
early season interview when he said he was committed to doing whatever he could do to help his team. He presented it like a decision after a long thought process in which he considered hi options. There's a lesson for everyone there.
JMo, like Stu and Novak, is a program building and defining man. All the talent in the world means nothing without their kind of character.
Morgan is an embodiment of some of the most important things Coach Beilein brought to Michigan. He plays smart. He plays hard. He fills his role but doesn't try to do more than that. He appears to be a very good teammate. I am and have been a huge fan.
Its not like I forgot about Mitch but the way these two are playing together has been amazing.
I loved how fired up JMo got after Iowas giant goon tried to club him in the back of the head. The arms down, JMo scream face is sooo great.
No doubt about it
They have kept his head in the right frame of mind while getting the bigs to learn the game and understand their changing roles. This team is so unselfish and refreshingly has no drama. Morgan and Spike are two unsung heroes that just do what is needed to make the team better.
With these two stepping up
I thought Morgan was a solid, steady contributor his first 2-1/2 years until he rolled his ankle last year. His mobility was severly limited and he lost his confidence because of it. McGary stepped in last year and stepped up. Due to his back injury, McGary was suffering this year from a bit of what plauged Morgan last year. Morgan is obviously healthy and playing confident again and that is a huge plus for this team.
Jor-dan Mor-gan! *clap, clap,clcp-clap-clap!*
Jor-dan Mor-gan! *clap, clap, clap-clap-clap!*
Great to see Fate had other plans for Jordan instead of him just fading deep into the bench!
Go Jordan! Go Blue!