5-star recruit Dwayne Morgan picks UNLV

How do you take away the sting away of losing your first game in the NCAA Tournament? If you are UNLV coach Dave Rice, it’s by landing another stud five-star recruit.

Dwayne Morgan, a smooth-shooting, long-armed 6-foot-8 small forward from St. Frances Academy in Baltimore, picked the Runnin’ Rebels today over Maryland and Georgetown.

Morgan is ranked the nation’s No. 18 junior prospect by MaxPreps.com and comes in at No. 29 ESPN.com’s top 60 juniors prospect list. Rivals.com has awarded him five stars.

Morgan averaged 17 points, eight rebounds and four blocks while helping lead the Panthers to a 34-5 record and the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference title. Because of his lanky build, soft 3-point shooting touch and good ball-handling skills, he has drawn some comparison to NBA stars Kevin Durant and Rudy Gay.

“His ceiling is so much higher than a lot of players because he’s just coming into his own,” Dwayne Wise, Morgan’s AAU coach, told SNY.tv and Zagsblog.com recently. “He’s still going to get stronger.”

Check out Morgan in action in the highlight videos above and below.

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