The state of Ohio is loaded with underclassmen talent. That's not a big secret. In fact, there are nine players ranked in the top 150 juniors in the country. Of the nationally recognized players, Raymar Morgan of Canton McKinley High School is leading his team to a number one ranking. The 6-foot-7, 210-pound small forward is the anchor to the state's top team.
"It's going great so far," Morgan said of his team's success. "I feel like we are playing pretty good. We're a fairly young team. We're playing together and playing with energy. I think our biggest strength is our athleticism because we just haven't been slowed down yet this year. We like to push the ball."
Putting in 19.9 and 9.9 rebounds a game, Morgan is doing it all for McKinley (18-1), the number one team in Ohio's biggest classification of schools. The No. 111 ranked junior in the country can play inside or step out and play the three. He's got the tools to be a major small forward prospect this summer when he rejoins the King James Shooting Stars, a team sponsored by former Ohio prep star LeBron James.
Morgan said coaches from Connecticut, Cincinnati, Ohio State, Michigan and Michigan State have been in to see him play this season. The junior added that Arizona, Georgia Tech, Miami, Florida and Texas are all corresponding via letters. None have offered yet.
Is anyone standing out early on?
"Not right now," Morgan said. "It's all equal right now. Hopefully after the season, I'll trim down my list to five."
Morgan and his McKinley team will close out their regular season on Friday when the play host to St. Vincent-St. Mary (14-4). Morgan, a 3.5 GPA student, said he will take the ACT in the spring as well.
For now, the poised Morgan said he's not looking too far down the road. The state championship is his end goal.
"We know that bull's eye is big," Morgan said. "We're hoping to keep it on our backs and just not get hit."