Dwayne Morgan to UNLV

Baltimore St. Frances forward Dwayne Morgan is off the board.

The 6-foot-8 forward made the announcement at his high school and also wrote the following post for ZAGSBLOG.

“Wassup, basketball word? This is Dwayne Morgan. I will be doing my latest blog on my decision for college in the next year.

“Today I had to make the biggest decision of my life and I would like to thank all the schools that recruited me for giving me a wonderful experience within the recruiting process. Georgetown, Maryland and UNLV were the final schools involved in my recruitment. There was a lot of hype surrounding me leading down to my decision.

“And this is a decision that I have to live with in the near future. In the next year, I have decided to go West and further my education at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. Throughout my recruitment UNLV stayed the most consistent and involved. There were about two games that they were not in attendance for this past summer.

“I felt as though being away from home would force me to mature faster. Georgetown continued to recruit me until the last minute and made various efforts to gain my commitment. And I thank Coach [John] Thompson and the rest of the coaching staff for this.

“Maryland was the school that everyone was expecting me to attend. And as a hometown kid it was expected for me to attend Maryland. But as far as recruitment, Maryland didn’t recruit me as hard as UNLV or Georgetown.

“I would like to thank Coach [Mark] Turgeon and Bino Ranson for recruiting me. At the end of the day I feel as though I’m blessed to have this experience because there are many people in the world who don’t get this experience.

“Dwayne Morgan signing out here. I’ll talk to y’all on my next entry on ZAGSBLOG.”

Morgan averaged 17.2 points, eight rebounds and four blocks last season and inspired comparisons to Kevin Durant.

“His ceiling is so much higher than a lot of players because he’s just coming into his own,” said his AAU coach, Dwayne Wise. “He’s still going to get stronger.”

St. Frances coach Nicholas Myles previously told SNY.tv: “I don’t think Dwayne has scratched the surface on what he’s going to be. He’s got so much talent. He does a lot of things well on the floor and it’s just going to come with time with him. He’s going to be a tremendous basketball player when it’s said and done.”

Morgan is UNLV’s first commit in the Class of 2014.

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44 comments
levi
levi

Hopefully they let him get some snaps on D he can be an exciting player to watch.

bob
bob

Ok lets go to the play book. Oh where is the play book?  Hey wait doh minute.

metjetnet
metjetnet

Toss another player into John Idzik's Fabulous Bag O'Busts...

Brian, when you are arguing the merits of a 5th safety vs a 6th CB on a team that has barely managed it's 3rd win... you might be goin 'round the bend.

jaygo
jaygo

Bassett has really lost it.  BTW, ya gotta figure that picture of him is the best one he has, right?  Oy

DarrolRayFanClub
DarrolRayFanClub

Well, John, you messed up the draft and botched the offseason, and completely swung and missed on our QB setting us back two years,... but it says here you released a player for losing his playbook a couple of weeks ago. So... I think you're just what One Jets Drive needs for the next three years. Congratulations.

jvsvn
jvsvn

Curry favor with ownership? C'mon really? I love this blog but that is a totally ridiculous assertion. The team is a mess but somehow cutting  a journeyman will enhance Idzik's standing with ownership. If Idzik keeps his job it will have nothing to do with the fate of Josh Thomas. Pretty silly.

oddmanrush
oddmanrush

They realized if he couldn't stay in front of his passport and iPad, there was no chance he would keep a receiver in front of him either.

Bent
Bent moderator

We got an extended look at Rontez in the Bollinger Bowl.  Here's what I wrote:


"At safety Rontez Miles stood out. He was constantly around the football, making a load of positive plays. He did miss a couple of tackles and overpursued once though. He also added a couple of pressures off the edge.


Like Miles, Jaiquawn Jarrett had nine tackles. However, he probably had the worst day out of all the anticipated regular season contributors to have suited up. [snip] Prior to this game, I’d have thought he was a lock for the roster. Now, I’m not so sure, especially after Miles’ active display.


Bush could have been one to capitalize on Jarrett’s struggles, but they kept targeting him down the seam for four first downs. He also almost gave up a touchdown as he didn’t look back for the ball, but – with Miles’ help – was able to force the receiver out of the end zone before he could get two feet down"


Not too much to go on there, but I guess it's better than nothing.

Wolf
Wolf

So, we can add Josh Thomas to Idzik's biazarre series of blunders this year.


Sign a guy from Seattle. Guy loses playbook. Guy is cut.


Can't make this stuff up!

Tooned In
Tooned In

Wow Idzik is really laying the hammer down here. Mad respekt.

a57se
a57se

The timing is a bit odd as usually teams wait until the end of the week to do something like this.

I would guess that someone was trying to sign miles off the Practice Squad so the Jets HAD to make a move.


Edit:

Same thing happened last week with David Fales as the Pats were trying to sign him so Chicago brought him up.

tsjc68
tsjc68

"This sure seems like an attempt by GM John Idzik to curry favor with ownership and also make an example of a player."

Or it's just the fact that, unlike before, we now need safety depth more than CB depth, since Antonio Allen is still gimpy and Dawan Landry keeps sucking, and Josh Thomas was redundancy in case Marcus Williams turned out to be an unplayable bum, a redundancy that's no longer needed.

Not everything has an ulterior motive.

Bklyn Dude
Bklyn Dude

The Jets are playing N.E.,  Belichick has already cheated and taped their practices.   

So long Josh Thomas,  we hardly knew you.  Glad to see Rontez Miles getting his chance though.

privatejet
privatejet

Did they ever recover the playbook?

juunit
juunit

And he'll end up playing zero defensive snaps.

DarrolRayFanClub
DarrolRayFanClub

@hitchhiker John Idzik is the GM of the team. He still speaks privately with Woody. The subject of Ryan in 2015 or no Ryan in 2015 has certainly come up. Idzik wants his own coach. Unless Woody fires him on the spot, Idzik is going to be told to start the process. It means nothing about his future, Woody won't fire him until Black Monday either way.

juunit
juunit

@hitchhiker 

He's either getting fired or he's getting another 2-3 years. Giving him one more year, a year where lots of important decisions that will affect the team for the next few years, makes no sense.

a57se
a57se

@Bent 

He sounds like Calvin Pryor...

So we spent a 1st round pick to duplicate what Miles could have done...WONDERFUL!

juunit
juunit

@Bent 

He at least seems like a solid backup at safety who can cheaply replace Jarrett when he's up for a new contract. 

a57se
a57se

@Wolf 

I don't fault Idzik for guys like Thomas not working out...

J. Smooth
J. Smooth

@tsjc68 No, this move has Neil Glat's fingerprints all over it. He convinced Percy Harvin to steal Josh Thomas' playbook so Idzik would have to cut him and look bad. 



WAKE UP SHEEPLE

a57se
a57se

@juunit 

Haha...yup.

We need to analyze Dawan landry more...

tsjc68
tsjc68

@DarrolRayFanClub @hitchhiker

And Idzik having input on whom the next coach of the Jets could theoretically be (in December) doesn't mean that Idzik will actually be employed by the team come January or that his input will end up influencing anything in any way.

Bent
Bent moderator

@juunit @Bent


During the offseason, someone was raving about Miles' college highlight reel, calling it one of the best he'd seen.


Randomly, that someone was a player who attended rookie camp.


I thought that was interesting, that a player had either gone to the trouble of scouting potential teammates or that he'd heard it was really good from someone and went to check it out.

williamg1
williamg1

I just fault Idzik with Idzik not working out.

BenNevis
BenNevis

@tsjc68

I remember you and Marcus Armstrong being very high on Rontez Miles the day after the draft.

And I've been looking forward to seeing him play ever since (even though he may get only a very limited number of snaps on D, if any at all).

juunit
juunit

@Bent @juunit 

Maybe he just felt bad for how ugly Miles is and wanted to give the poor guy an ego boost. 

tsjc68
tsjc68

@williamg1

John Idzik: [John is shirtless in his office and is doing arm curls with dumbbells] 1001... 1002... 1003...

Jacqueline Davidson, Manager of Football Administration: Uh, Mr. Idzik? Helen said that you needed to see me.

Idzik: Oh, Miss Davidson. I wasn't expecting company. Just doing my workout. Tuesday's arms and back.

Davidson: Well, you asked me to come by, sir.

Idzik: Oh, did I?

Davidson: Yes.

Idzik: Ohh, it's the deep burn. Oh, it's so deep. Oh, I can barely lift my right arm 'cause I did so many. I don't know if you heard me counting. I did over a thousand.

tsjc68
tsjc68

@BenNevis

I liked him, yes.  Has a nose for the ball and is a hitter.  A lot like Calvin Pryor, in fact.


Question for him is the same as it is for Calvin: Can he handle the occasional deep zone or match up against a subpackage WR or TE?  Because if he can't and he's just a hitter, then his utility is marginal, because he'll get picked on.

a57se
a57se

@BenNevis 

He is a hitter...now the question is can he play safety?