Sept. 13, 2010
WACO, Texas – Baylor men’s basketball junior J’mison Morgan, who played the last two seasons at UCLA, has been granted his transfer waiver request by the NCAA, head coach Scott Drew said Monday. The 6-foot-10 center is eligible to play the 2010-11 season for the Bears once he completes the necessary NCAA compliance paperwork, and will have two seasons of eligibility remaining.
Baylor University applied for Morgan’s waiver request following his transfer in April. He enrolled in the school’s first summer session and is currently enrolled in fall classes.
A native of Dallas, Texas, Morgan played two seasons (2008-09 and 2009-10) for the UCLA Bruins, averaging 2.1 points and 1.1 rebounds while appearing in 40 contests without making a start. He averaged 7.0 minutes per game as a sophomore, shooting 46.1 percent (35-for-76) from the field in two seasons.
Prior to his time at UCLA, Morgan was a four-year varsity basketball letterwinner for South Oak Cliff High School and helped the Golden Bears win four consecutive state championships (2005-08). During Morgan’s freshman season in 2005, the Golden Bears were led by former Baylor All-Big 12 performer and 1,000-point scorer Kevin Rogers, winning their first of four straight Texas boys’ 4A state championships.
He was rated a top-five center in the Class of 2008 by Scout.com, Rivals.com, Streetball and BasketballPreps.com. Morgan was also rated No. 23 overall by Scout.com, No. 25 by Rivals.com and No. 32 by RISE.