College Basketball: After flameout, Kansas awaits twins' next move

The Morris twins, Marcus and Markieff (right). The Philly natives could opt for the NBA and forego another season at Kansas.
The Morris twins, Marcus and Markieff (right). The Philly natives could opt for the NBA and forego another season at Kansas.
Posted: March 30, 2011

Will Marcus and Markieff Morris head to the NBA? Or will the close-knit twins from North Philadelphia who can hardly stand the thought of being separated stick around for their senior season at Kansas?

Few expect Kansas to struggle next year, but the program has now been bounced out of the NCAA tournament by a so-called mid-major two years in a row. And coach Bill Self is eager for some answers.

It starts with the Morris twins, who led the Jayhawks in scoring and rebounding during a 35-3 season that included a seventh straight Big Twelve championship. If the two leave, a gaping hole opens in the lineup.

Self said he hadn't yet talked to anyone about their plans.

"They need some time to unwind and I do, too," he said. "It would not surprise me if a couple of guys or even more put their name in the hat. But certainly, it wouldn't surprise me if they didn't. It's kind of up in the air. There's a lot to think about and talk about."

Ordinarily, it would seem almost automatic that the 6-8 Marcus and the 6-9 Markieff would be off to the NBA. Both improved dramatically this season, but since being born seven minutes apart, they've hardly ever been away from each other. Even their tattoos are carbon copies of one another.

It's almost certain they would go to different NBA teams - an argument for staying in school and extending their time together for as long as possible.

Plus, the NBA could be facing a lockout that would delay the season and perhaps even eliminate training camp, making it tougher for rookies to find their footing.

The deadline for underclassmen declaring for the draft is April 24.

Self would like to know much sooner since the Jayhawks already know they're going to lose three seniors-guards Tyrel Reed and Brady Morningstar and swingman Mario Little.

"We need to have a great spring recruiting class," he said. "I mean a great recruiting class. Not a good one. A great one," Self said.


Alabama 62, Colorado 61 - JaMychal Green scored 22 points, Trevor Releford scored the go-ahead basket in the closing seconds, and the top-seeded Crimson Tide withstood a late rally to beat the Buffalos in the NIT semifinals in New York.

Releford finished with 13 points for the Crimson Tide (25-11), who advanced to play Wichita State on Thursday night for the title.

Wichita State 75, Washington State 44 - Garrett Stutz came off the bench to score a career-high 24 points, and the Shockers (28-8), one of the top teams in the Missouri Valley Conference, romped past the Cougars at Madison Square Garden. Stutz did most of the damage inside, going 7 of 9 in the first half.

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