Miller a familiar name for 2020 target Ethan Morton

Growing up in Western Pennsylvania, Ethan Morton has a keen understanding of Archie Miller’s basketball lineage.

Morton, a rising junior prospect in the 2020 class, recognizes what the Miller family name means to the basketball community in those parts. It’s where Archie’s father, John, coached for 35 years, retiring with 657 career wins and legendary status at Blackhawk High School.

It’s where Archie’s brother, Sean, led Blackhawk to back-to-back Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League Class 3A title games in the late 1980s. And It’s where Archie, himself, propelled Blackhawk to state championships during his sophomore and junior seasons.

So it was a pleasant development for Morton when Indiana extended an offer last month.

“I respect the heck out of Coach John Miller, Coach Sean and Coach Archie,” Morton said. “It’s incredible what they were able to do in high school and how they are able to have success at the college level. There’s no comparison to what they’ve been able to do.”

Morton, a 6-foot-5, four-star guard, is hoping to become the next Western Pennsylvania standout at the college level. In recent months, the interest around his recruitment has taken off.

IU is among the latest round of schools to offer, joining a list that includes Purdue, Penn State, Wisconsin, Iowa, Ohio State, Virginia, Stanford, West Virginia, Pittsburgh and more.

The Hoosiers are already making a priority of Morton, the first player IU has offered in the 2020 recruiting class.

“I was very excited,” Morton said about adding IU to his list. “We talked with them last year. Coach Miller came to watch me last summer. We’ve been talking to them for a while. Obviously, that Western Pennsylvania connection, it’s kind of special. I was very excited. Indiana, Assembly Hall and the way the state gets up for basketball, there’s nothing better.”

Morton is an intriguing, versatile point guard coveted for his length and praised for his shooting and passing abilities.

For Butler High School this past season, Morton averaged 24 points, nine rebounds and seven assists as a sophomore. That earned him first-team all-state honors in Pennsylvania’s Class 6A, making Morton one of only four sophomores to receive first-team honors at any level in the state.

This spring and summer, he’s playing up one level on the Nike EYBL circuit.

A big part of the draw to Morton is his range of attributes. He has the size to play the two or three, while also maintaining the skill of a point guard.

“I think it helps, my versatility and being able to play multiple positions,” Morton said. “That helps me get on the floor more doing multiple things, guarding multiple positions — whatever I can do to help the team win.”

Although his first trip to IU featured a forgettable loss to Indiana State in Miller’s Hoosier coaching debut in November, Morton kept tabs on Indiana during the ensuing months.

He said he noticed the team’s growth across the last half of the schedule, and by the time April rolled around, Morton was pleased to add IU to his list of possible destinations.

“Watching some of their games, the way they got up for those Big Ten games and just the culture they have, how Coach Miller runs that offense and runs that team, it’s very special,” Morton said.

2 comments

  1. Sounds like a star player from Southern Indiana mode. Example, Pat Graham. Some ratings have him a 3 star and others a 4 star. I think he would be a good player to get but not stardom, rather a solid steady dependable player that would be a excellent asset to the team as a sophomore on up years. He may play a little as a freshman depending on circumstances.

  2. He’s got offers from 17 schools, some of which are top academic institutions (Stanford, Northwestern, Virginia), so he’s a highly coveted player, regardless of his star rating. Currently listed as 6’5″ and 180 lbs., my guess is that he’s not done growing. If he continues to develop, my guess is that he’ll see plenty of time on the court as a freshman.

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