This is Senior Day week! With Horford officially coming back next year, that leaves the only lone senior on the team, Jordan Morgan.
He came to Michigan as a kid who was probably out of shape and wasn't very good in HS at U of D Jesuit. Many, if not all, questioned the offer. His own dad was stunned when John Beilein offerred the scholarship to Jordan.
His freshman year, he opted to redshirt his freshman year after injuring his knee before the season started. It fueled even more questions on JB's offer on Morgan. There was uncertainity about his play after his redshirt year. Morgan started his career as a starter, starting every games as a redshirt freshman, averaging 9.2 pt per game and was a big beneficionary of Darius Morris' passes from pick and roll.
Jordan continues to make an impact in his sophomore year, but his scoring numbers suffered because he lost Morris to the NBA and had Burke who is a freshman PG trying to find his way with the team. As his career with Michigan goes on, it became clear that he is being valued as a leader and defensive presence despite his size at C and contribute with little things to help the team win games.
Last season, Jordan started every game until he sufferred an sprained ankle injury against Illinois on January 27, 2013. He missed quite a few games recovering from it. It was then, he lost his job to Mitch McGary and was relegated to the bench. When he was on the court, it was clear that it wasn't the same Jordan with limited mobility and rebounding. During the NCAA tournament, with the emergence of Mitch McGary, Jordan became a 3rd big guy off the bench behind Horford and barely played in the tournament.
Before this season, when Mitch announced along with GRIII that he is coming back for his sophomore year, it could've been real easy for Jordan to forego his final year of eligibility with Michigan and transfer to a different school to get more PT, but he never did, knowing that his role would be similar to what he had done during the NCAA tournament. Because of his leadership, he was named team captain along with Jon Horford and GRIII. With McGary's back problem persisted, Horford got the starting nod over Morgan. It wasn't until McGary was declared out indefinitely that Jordan finally got his starting spot back and never looked back. He contributed for the team in a big way with defense and rebounding. His reward for sticking with Michigan is an outright B1G title.
Thank you Jordan for your 5 years of contribution, and you definitely proved a lot of people wrong by becoming a significant contributor of a nationally ranked Michigan team. Along with Zack Novak and Stu Douglass, you were one of the foundation pieces that led to the rise of Michigan basketball. Michigan would definitely be a worse team without you. Jordan Morgan, we salute you!