Morgan Earns Invite To Prestigious Nike Basketball Academy
ITHACA, N.Y. -- Rising senior guard Matt Morgan has been selected to participate at the 2018 Nike Basketball Academy from August 8-12 at the Sports Academy in Thousand Oaks, Calif. He'll be one of approximately two dozen of the nation's top players who will learn from current and former NBA superstars. Morgan, a first-team All-Ivy League pick who was named to the Lou Henson All-America team last season, led the Ivy League in scoring for the third straight season. The 6-3 guard from Concord, N.C. had a stellar junior campaign, making a name for himself on the national stage while racing up Cornell's all-time scoring charts. The nation's 11th-leading scorer averaged 22.5 points, 4.6 rebounds and 3.2 assists in guiding Cornell to its first-ever bid to the Ivy League Men's Basketball Tournament. "I'm very excited! It's a great opportunity to not only showcase myself, but Cornell University and the Ivy League as a whole," Morgan said. "I can't wait to get out there and learn from the best." A four-time Ivy League Player of the Week, Morgan closed the 2017-18 season with an active streak of 51 consecutive games scoring in double figures, the fourth-longest active streak in Division I. Morgan became the first Big Red player to post 12 consecutive 20-point games (previous Cornell record was six). He scored 30 or more points four times, and his seven career games of at least 30 points ranks second all-time at Cornell. Morgan enters his senior season with 1,646 points - good for No. 3 all-time at Cornell and among the top 20 in Ivy history. "Matt has earned this, and I believe his play will open the eyes of people around the country," said Cornell head coach Brian Earl. "I think Matt has a great opportunity to spend time with the best players in the world and study what makes them so great. I have no doubt that will motivate him to take his game to the next level and share what he has learned with his teammates." In 2015, Nike combined its positional skills camps and launched a new format with premium training, a combine experience, off-court workouts, drills, film sessions, and 5-on-5 competition. Past college players include current NBA players such as Grayson Allen (Duke), Miles Bridges (Michigan State), Jalen Brunson (Villanova), Josh Hart (Villanova), Buddy Hield (Oklahoma) and Ben Simmons (LSU). Yale's Miye Oni was an invite a year ago.