Spartan forward ranks second in scoring at 12.0 ppg.

 

DALLAS – Through two games with the USA Basketball U19 World Championship Team, Michigan State sophomore forward Raymar Morgan is averaging 12.0 points and has emerged as a regular starter. In Team USA’s 91-75 exhibition victory over the China Senior National Team on July 1, Morgan scored 11 points and grabbed four rebounds in 27 minutes. He followed that performance with a 13-point, five-rebound effort in a 102-51 win over Africa in the opening contest of the Global Games at Southern Methodist University. Team USA will play two more games in the Global Games, before opening play at the FIBA U19 World Championship July 12 in Novi Sad, Serbia.

Morgan’s play has impressed Team USA head coach Jerry Wainwright of DePaul.

“The three kids who just jump right out at you are Raymar Morgan, Darrell Arthur and David Lightly,” said Wainwright. “David Lighty has played in the Final Four, obviously Darrell (Arthur) has played in big-big games, and Raymar played big minutes as a freshman in the tough Big Ten. They have a seriousness and urgency to everything that they do that I think a lot of other guys don’t have right now. Those three guys physically, their bodies, how they talk on the floor, their composure, I think they really stand out and I’m glad they’re on this team because they give us a sense of order that we really need.”

Only Michael Beasley (13.5 ppg) is averaging more points than Morgan. Against Africa, Morgan made sure Team USA got off to a good start, scoring nine of the team’s first 10 points.

“I was trying to stay aggressive, attack and get some of my teammates some open shots,” said Morgan. “My shot was falling tonight. I tried to concentrate earlier during our walk through and got up some extra shots and it seemed to work.”

Team USA returns to action on Friday night against Puerto Rico.

– Through two games with the USA Basketball U19 World Championship Team, Michigan State sophomore forward Raymar Morgan is averaging 12.0 points and has emerged as a regular starter. In Team USA’s 91-75 exhibition victory over the China Senior National Team on July 1, Morgan scored 11 points and grabbed four rebounds in 27 minutes. He followed that performance with a 13-point, five-rebound effort in a 102-51 win over Africa in the opening contest of the Global Games at Southern Methodist University. Team USA will play two more games in the Global Games, before opening play at the FIBA U19 World Championship July 12 in Novi Sad, Serbia.