Traverse City Record-Eagle

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March 20, 2013

Morris is AP Class C Player of the Year

EAST LANSING (AP) — Monte Morris is ending a four-year varsity career at Flint Beecher that began with immense hype but was verified with sustained greatness.

The senior point guard is the Player of the Year for the Associated Press Class C All-State team — just the latest award in a career for a player who will be remembered as one of the all-time greats ever to wear a Bucs uniform. He also has been named Michigan’s Mr. Basketball.

“Everybody around here waited for him ever since he was a young kid,” said Beecher coach Mike Williams, who is the Coach of the Year for the Class C All-State team.

Williams led the Bucs to a 19-1 regular season and another deep postseason run.

“They were waiting three or four years to see this kid play. I’ve known him since he was a fourth-grader and it was like that, so the anticipation for his career and the buildup to it was extreme.

“I think one of the greatest things he’s accomplished is that he was able to surpass that hype.”

Morris led Beecher this season with 23 points, 10.3 assists, five rebounds and six steals per game. Williams said he can count with his fingers how many games the Iowa State-bound star didn’t lead the Bucs in scoring during the past four seasons: Seven.

That run includes a trip to the Breslin Center during Morris’ first three seasons and an undefeated 28-0 state championship run as a junior last year. Throughout his career, Morris had countless people in his ear suggesting he transfer and leave his neighborhood school for what they told him were bigger and better programs.

Yet, the kid everyone in town simply refers to as “Man-Man” stayed — and left a legacy in doing so.

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