Morgan receives USBWA All-District honors

Juwan Morgan was named to the U.S. Basketball Writers Association All-District Team, the organization announced Tuesday.

The junior forward was one of 11 players selected to the All-District V team which encompasses Division I players from schools in Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin.

One of the most improved players in the Big Ten, Morgan averaged 16.5 points and 7.4 rebounds, improving his overall scoring by 8.8 points from his sophomore season. Morgan also shot 57.9 percent from the field, adding 1.4 blocks and 1.2 steals.

Against conference opposition, he averaged 17.9 points, 7.6 rebounds, 1.7 steals and 1.3 blocks. Morgan shot 37.8 percent from 3-point range in Big Ten action and 41.2 percent from long range in February.

The rest of the All-District V team is as follows:

Keita Bates-Diop, Ohio State

Chris Holtmann. Ohio State

Keita Bates-Diop, Ohio State
Trevon Bluiett, Xavier
Miles Bridges, Michigan State
Gary Clark, Cincinnati
Carsen Edwards, Purdue
Vincent Edwards, Purdue
Ethan Haap, Wisconsin
Kelan Martin, Butler
Juwan Morgan, Indiana
Moritz Wagner, Michigan
Cassius Winston, Michigan State


  1. I was just reading an article on Indiana hoops and I was surprised to read that Branch McCracken was younger than RMK when he won his first title (McCracken was 31, Knight 35).

  2. I guess that’s why they named a court after him….Then again, how many games did you have to win in 1953 to claim a title? Didn’t you begin the tournament as a ‘Sweet 16?’ Was there even a degree in Bracketology back then…or had Grandpa Lunardi invented the pencil eraser?

  3. Kinda funny…In 1953, the Final Four occurred one week after the opening day of the tournament…The First Round began on March 10th…The Final Four was March 17th and 18th.

  4. And in ’53….there were 22 teams. …and 4 wins got Indiana the title because they began the tournament as a Sweet 16(regional semi).

    An argument can easily be made that it was more difficult to win a title when the numbers of entrants made for a smaller field. Sure, you had one or two fewer games, but you never got a patsy “at large” team…or somebody that just came off the game of their life to knock off a far more difficult opponent you could have faced.

    Everything in life is timing….I’m sure Branch McCracken had some good timing to go along with outstanding coaching.
    Very interesting tale in the link to follow, Chet. Don Schlundt was allowed to play a full season of college basketball in his freshman season(1951-52…year before they won the title). It was a one year removal of the freshman ineligibility rules because of the enactment of the draft for the Korean War effort.

    American troops were in Korea in the early 1950s. The military draft caused college athletics to suspend the freshman-ineligibility rule – for one year, 1951-52. That was the freshman year of 6-10 Don Schlundt of little Washington-Clay High School outside South Bend. Schlundt – “Ox” – was able to bloom as a college player that rookie season, probably much more than he would have in the freshman intra-squad preliminary games that were common when freshmen weren’t eligible.

    Who’s to say how different Knight’s banner resume might have looked if freshman were eligible on the arrival of Downing and McGinnis. They could have had a year of playing experience under their belts together…(though technically a sophomore, McGinnis left the program after on season on the court)?
    Some say Knight was fortunate to have great timing…because he arrived with such great tandem committed …But they fail to mention he never got McGinnis as a second year player(due to the freshman ineligibility rules). Knight was 31 years old when Downing and McGinnis were ineligible freshmen.

  5. NCAA revenue for 2017 peaking around $ 1 billion. Next step could be breaking the tourney into ‘classes’ as in the Indiana High School tourney? More games = more money.

    1. You know, if there were 1000 teams they’d probably try it. I don’t think there are enough D1 one teams even for the money grubbing NCAA to try it, though.

  6. Anybody remember Max Montana? IU in 14/15 and 6’9. Transferred to San Diego. Looking at his IU numbers, looked like the guy had potential. Anybody remember why he transferred?

  7. Should have googled him first. We knew his as Max Hoetzel. I remember the name but that’s about all.

    1. Somebody on here really liked Hoetzel California….I’m trying to remember who it was…..? Was it coachv?
      I thought he was a fluke…sort of like Diamonte in football.
      I do remember Hoetzel wearing white leggings….and acting like he was the next coming of Gail Goodrich at some high school/AAU tourney….”I’m Max Hoetzel…and that’s all you need to know.”
      Max and Zander are probably trying out for roles on Days of Our Lives…

  8. If the revenue from the 2018 NCAA Tourney is at $1 billion, it’s going to be hard for the NCAA to defend not sharing some of that money with the athletes. I heard talk this morning that the NCAA should embrace the “Olympic model,” and that by doing so, all the problems with cheating and corruption would go away. Not sure about that, but I believe the NCAA will be under enormous pressure to increase “financial support” to student athletes. Giving these kids an extra $5,000 to $10,000 a year for living expenses would not put a dent in the NCAA’s bottom line, but it would make a huge difference for many of the student athletes and their families. I’d like to see the families get good tickets and the cost for reasonable and customary travel expenses so they can watch their kids play at least three games per season.

    1. There are plenty of qualifiers to consider. Are we talking about revenue sport athletes or are we talking about all athletes? If it is just revenue sport athletes how are you going legally justify that? Is it mandatory or are Ivy League schools exempt as they don’t have athletic scholarships?

      I agree that the athletes ARE the sports and they should get the money before some doughy MBA but I don’t think it is quite as simple as it sounds.

      The devil is in the details.

      1. Chet so correct. Everyone has a dog in the hunt. Which translates to somebody’s going to feel screwed no matter the plan implemented. To cover all bases as widely as possible that $1B will shrink significantly. Then watch ticket price$. + what does it do to solve the rocks in the road, like 1 and done. Never have seen any indication from the NCAA they got brains enough to ever get close to something that would work.

  9. I believe 76 and 81 were 32 team tournaments and the 1st and second rounds were played at home to the advantage of the better team. Only in 1987 did Knight win one in what is close to the current format. In a way I think the earlier formats decided a true champion and also gave more reward to the teams that did the best in the regular season.

    Also, in 1940 purdue won the big ten which gave them the post season bid, but Piggy Lambert did not feel the team played well enough to earn the bid so they declined. That gave the 2nd place Hoosiers the bid who would go on to win the first national championship.

    1. No, the locations were selected years in advance. Indiana played its opening round games in Baton Rouge, LA.

      1. Correction, Indiana played its opening round in South Bend. The Mideast Regional finals were in Baton Rouge. That was a screw job because IU was the #1 team in the country and the Midwest Regional was held in Louisville.

  10. Who knew! Who knew!
    “Piggy” Lambert and Purdue….?
    Put asterisk on hoops ‘Banner One’ of ol’ IU?
    History be told is always history be true,
    And there was no mud on Tyler’s shoe, too!
    Only Harrison dismounted to battle at Tippecanoe.
    The whacky at Mackey have dirt for every clue,
    Where banner flags above their fort never flew.
    Afraid to march in March as Hoosiers will do,
    We hung four more while they tied a shoe!

    What’s a mop lady to do?

  11. One and done should be eliminated on legal grounds. Surprised that some young man has not gotten a crack constitutional law firm to challenge that rule in federal court and challenged it on the grounds of right to work.

    And Chet, all the student athletes should get more financial support. But the athletes that participate in revenue generating sports should get more. They’re the ones bringing in the revenue, so they should be getting more financial support.

    I watched an interview with a star NBA player who told a story about being in college on a full scholarship at an elite BB program. He came from an underprivileged home and did not have enough money to buy food in between team meals at the team’s training table. His coaches were getting on him for losing weight until he told them that he had no money to buy food and therefore was not eating as much as he needed to in order to keep his weight up. He made it clear to the
    TV audience that his “full” scholarship did not come close to covering his living expenses while on campus. Realizing that his head coach was being paid over $3 million per year at the time, I was disgusted that the system was so inequitable. This was the team’s star player, making his coach, his school and the NCAA tons of money, and he didn’t have enough money to buy a frickin pizza while studying at night. He was doing it right, abiding by the rules, and getting exploited, while the fat cats running the NCAA oversee a grotesque and obsolete system. It’s wrong. It’s shameful that this goes on in a system over-flowing with so much cash. AT THE VERY LEAST, these young men and women should have 100% of their true living expenses covered while they’re on scholarship. It can’t be that hard to implement a more equitable system. I’ll bet that if you locked a group of 100 University Presidents and NCAA officials into a room and told them that they had two hours to develop a plan that fixed the problems, or they’d all be line up and horse-whipped, they’d come out of that room in 60 minutes with the problems solved.

    1. The one and done rule has already been litigated. It was done in the NFL with their ‘three years after high school graduation’ rule.

      We already know how it ends.

      I’m in favor of it being done away with, as well. The legal precedents are not in our favor.

  12. They’re the ones bringing in the revenue, so they should be getting more financial support.

    But where does it end….? Olympic sports(especially summer games) generate huge amounts of revenue for television networks. What does IU get when Lilly King steals all the headlines, graces cereal boxes, fuels national pride…while representing how to play sports the “right way” without cheating and without steroids/PED’s? What does Lilly truly profit?
    I’d say she’s worth way more than some greed-seeking one and done on a top draft list….

    If you make these “other” athletes feel like chopped liver, you’ll do more harm than any financial figure could ever measure. You’ll kill the heart of all amateur athletics.
    How do you put a dollar value on hearts? So a guy who sits the bench on the men’s basketball team is worth more to the IU brand than Lilly King?

    1. Exactly why this mountain has never been tried. ‘Too thick to drink and too thin to plow’.

  13. Horse hockey. There might be a plan. But how good? This a big tough nut and not easily solved to a solid fair conclusion. Academics couldn’t change their underwear in 2 hours and NCAA people are lifeless. It would be 10 months before the initial confab and then how many weeks for each to produce his argument. I agree a few should involved but hardly #’s exclusive to a building full.

  14. If I’m Lilly King gettin’ nothin’ …while Colin Hartman rakes in 20 grand over his scholarship value based on some revenue argument?
    Guess who I’m suing on the basis of unequal treatment a “student” athlete?
    Hate to break it to you, sports fans…but without pl;ankton, there are many dead whales.

  15. Then you have schools like Nebraska-Omaha.

    They had the best D2 wrestling program in the country. It was always in the black. The football program was a money pit of red ink. They hired a new AD, ESPN’s Trev Albert, and he did away with the profitable wrestling team to focus limited resources’on football…even though he just sucked $150k/year out of the athletic budget.

    How do you figure that?

    Last time I checked, Iowa wrestling brought in more per event than Iowa basketball. So, Hawkeye hoopsters should get more even though they bring in less?

  16. Variety is the spice of life. But variety is dying. Small towns are getting swallowed. Saturation and obsessions are the rule of the day.. “Reality this”…and “reality that” ….We are in reverse and decline. We love the mirror and the dollar to a degree that kills appreciation for the eccentric ….the unique…and the spice.
    Sports was such a wonderful source for lessons learned and ways to find a place or unique skill. But money rules the day…and it monopolizes and exposes eyes to make think so little is so much.
    We’ve have already crossed the finish line and what was once a melting pot of choices won’t be missed when generations anew have known no different than this blasé world we built for them.
    We are cloning without the science and the test tubes. We are doing away with the crooked tree and lawns cursed for imperfect green. We are in decline and soon the saturation of narrow purposes and narrow thoughts will drown the day of man.

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