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Markieff Morris Second-Guessed Decision To Leave Kansas During NBA Lockout

Now that he'll get his chance, Morris will likely fit right in as a well-rounded forward on a Suns team in need of impact players.

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Markieff Morris' rookie season has not gone the way he pictured it. Instead of bulking up and playing over the summer and then getting into an NBA groove, the former Kansas Jayhawk has had to wait to do anything basketball-related with the NBA lockout in effect. Months later, the Phoenix Suns first round draft choice is finally getting his chance to get back on the court and he said it was hard.

Specifically he said the Jayhawks tough schedule this year against Duke and Kentucky had him wondering whether or not he made the right choice. According to the Arizona Republic's Paul Coro, Morris was second-guessing his decision:

July, August and September passed with no labor resolution or rookie league. He said he did not want to play overseas as long as the NBA was a possibility and kept working out with Kansas players in Lawrence, Kan., or ex-NBA guard Pooh Richardson in Los Angeles (Morris never worked out with Shawn Kemp, as was planned). Then October came and went. Nearly all of November passed with no NBA work, making him think about that decision to leave Kansas early.

"I was wondering why I didn't play against Duke and Kentucky," Morris said of his Jayhawks' lone two losses. "I wanted to be out there with those guys."


Now that he 'll get his chance, Morris will likely fit right in as a well-rounded forward on a Suns team in need of impact players. Given his ability to do all things well, Morris should become a quick asset, even if it's taken longer than what he realized.