Post-IU visit, Juwan Morgan preps for final decision
Juwan Morgan's recruitment has moved quickly in recent weeks, but it's going to end Wednesday.
Morgan, a 6-8 forward out of Waynesville, Mo., in the 2015 class, will choose Wednesday night between Indiana and Vanderbilt. Morgan's announcement will be at 7 p.m. ET.
"He feels like he has two great schools that he's choosing from, both academically and athletically," said Rodney Perry, Morgan's AAU coach. "He felt like he just wanted to get a decision made and be done with it, and be able to know where he's going."
Originally, Morgan had also planned on official visits to Stanford and Washington.
He began his visit schedule with Vanderbilt, and after seeing IU last weekend, Morgan decided he was ready to commit. The Waynesville Senior standout also had offers from Missouri, Arkansas, Iowa, Penn State and Creighton, among others. He's a four-star prospect and the No. 16 power forward in his class, according to 247Sports.
Vanderbilt and Indiana offered all that mattered to Morgan, according to Perry.
"Opportunity to play right away as a freshman was one of the big ones," Perry, who coaches in the MoKan Elite program, said when asked what stood out about Morgan's finalists. "Opportunity to play for really good coaches. And knowing that he would get better as a player, and playing with great teammates as well. He kind of jelled with the teammates at both places."
Morgan spent last weekend in Bloomington, where Perry said Morgan enjoyed time spent with both coach Tom Crean and several current players.
The opportunity for early playing time is also important to Morgan, who is impressed with the way both programs use players at his position.
"That's the reason why both places are on his list," Perry said. "He looks at himself as a four man, with hopes of having the potentially to be able to play professionally one day.
"Knowing that he has to get stronger in the weight room and has to get better on the court, he just feels like the way both places utilize their four men, he would have an opportunity to be able to showcase his talent."
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