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Morris inks with Xavier

Staff reports
St. Amant’s Brandon Morris recently signed a basketball scholarship with Xavier University.

NEW ORLEANS —  St. Amant’s Brandon Morris of  Sorrento has signed men's basketball scholarship with Xavier University of Louisiana.

Dannton Jackson, who will return in 2009-10 for his seventh season as Gold Rush head coach, announced the signing Wednesday.

Morris is a 6-foot-1 guard who averaged a team-leading 23 points per game this past season along with six rebounds and four assists for St. Amant. He received honorable mention on the Class 5A All-State team this year and was All-District 6-5A as a senior and a junior. He played in the Louisiana High School Coaches Association All-Star Game.

St. Amant was 23-11 this year and reached the second round of the state playoffs. Morris helped the Gators go 22-11 in 2006-07 and reach the state quarterfinals for the first time since the 1960s.

Morris — a cousin of Xavier women's basketball sophomore Johnna Williams and a nephew of former Tulane and NBA standout John "Hot Rod" Williams — was the Class 5A state champion in the outdoor triple jump in 2008, and his best mark this year of 48 feet, 5 inches is 11th in the nation and the best in Louisiana this year, according to the Web site www.milesplit.us.

"Brandon is a tremendous athlete and a tremendous competitior," Jackson said. "He was a knack for scoring, and he can do it a lot of different ways."  

Xavier is an NAIA Division I member which finished 19-12 in 2008-09 and tied for fourth place in the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference. The Gold Rush's 25 seasons of 20 or more victories are the most in the history of Louisiana men's collegiate basketball. Jackson's Xavier teams reached 20 victories in five of his first six seasons.