The King James Shooting Stars have become a must watch team on the 16U AAU circuit this summer. The team is a non-stop highlight reel and the roster is filled with prospects. Raymar Morgan, a 6-foot-7, 210-pound forward from McKinley High School in Canton, Ohio, is one of the headliners. The versatile youngster is already garnering interest from a number of high-major schools.
The LeBron James-sponsored team made some noise over the last five weeks, winning the Spiece Run N Slam and finishing in the championship game at the D-1 Greyhounds tournament against O.J. Mayo and Co. Despite the team’s success, Morgan said he wasn’t satisfied.
“I think we did alright. Of course, we could have played better,” Morgan said. “We do generate a lot of excitement thought. We are so versatile and we haven’t really hit our stride yet.”
Excitement indeed. Morgan displayed a little bit of everything. He’ll have the crowd-pleasing dunk here and there but he also has the ability to step out and knock down the three ball.
“I think he’ll end up being a two guard in college,” Chris Baum, director of the King James Shooting Stars, said. “We play an open post ofense and try to run as much as possible in the open post. We try to let our players really handle the ball and test their ball skills. Raymar has shown he can do that. He’s got a solid jump shot and caps out at 21 feet.”
Morgan said he grew up playing point guard but after growing seven inches in a matter of two years, he has developed an inside game as well as small forward skills, making him a difficult match up for defenses.
“I’d really like to improve my shooting,” Morgan said. “It can never get that good where it’s unstoppable. I think everyone is like that.”
While Morgan improves his shooting, Baum said he’d like to see the 15-year-old improve inside.
“He’s got to become more physical because right now he’s more finesse,” Baum said. “He has to really use his size. I don’t know if he knows how big and strong he really is. Raymar is one of those kids that makes statement baskets. He’ll cross someone up and then step back and knock down the three.”
NC State, Michigan State, Michigan, Ohio State, Clemson, Illinois and others. Morgan said he favors Michigan State and grew up watching the Spartans.
Morgan said he will play at the Nike All-American camp this summer as well as a full schedule with the King James Shooting Stars, including the Nike Memorial Day Classic. RivalsHoops.com will be in New Orleans for the tournament and will have updates on Morgan and the rest of the field.