Prep boys athlete of week: Eastern's Brian Morton

Prep boys athlete of week: Eastern's Brian Morton

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Prep boys athlete of week: Eastern's Brian Morton

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BRIAN MORTON

LANSING EASTERN senior

A key to the Quakers’ turnaround: The 6-foot-2 guard/forward scored 24 points in Eastern’s 51-46 win at Okemos and then 37 points in a 54-48 victory over Sexton last week that moved the Quakers back into contention for the CAAC Blue title. A win on Friday at first-place Holt would give Eastern, which had lost five straight after a 3-1 start, a 5-3 league record to the Rams’ 6-2. Colleges and universities expressing interest in Morton include Akron and Central Michigan from the MAC, fellow NCAA Division I Bethune-Cookman of Daytona Beach, Fla., and some NCAA Division II schools.

From coach Rod Watts: “He and Phoenix Washington orchestrate and ignite the intensity on our defense that has allowed us to get the train back on the track. He’s been on varsity since he was a freshman, so he understands the game and is considered to be one of the top players in the state. His leadership and playing experience have been instrumental this year. He’s had to play second or third fiddle to Cameron Sanchez, LaDontae Henton and Fredrick Edmond. Now it’s his turn, his time in the lead chair, and he’s taken that on rather well. We got off to a slow start, but I think he along with other guys have recognized a sense of urgency. I have impressed on Brian, as with the other three I mentioned, that when the team understands how important the games are to you, it becomes important to them in our family type of atmosphere.”

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