JBU Signs Oklahoma High School Basketball Standout
Siloam Springs, Ark (November 28, 2000) — The John Brown University Golden Eagles basketball team took their first step of the 2001-02 campaign, with the early signing of Vinita High School standout Chad Morgan. Morgan, a four-year starter for the Hornets, as a junior last season led Vinita to the Class 4A State Semi-finals and a 26-2 record. John Brown University Head Coach John Sheehy commented on a number of the reasons why Morgan has been at the top of their recruiting list. “Chad brings a number of positive things to our program. His versatility, size, and athleticism will give him a great opportunity to develop into a nice player at the collegiate level. With his character, outlook on life and approach both off and on the court and in the classroom, he is a great find for us.”
Using his 6’5” frame along with both inside and out skills, Morgan averaged 16.7 points and 8.2 rebounds per game as a junior last season. He is a two-sport standout also excelling on the track, qualifying for the state track meet in the quarter mile, 800, mile, and two mile relays. He is also a standout in the classroom, ranked first in his class with a 4.1 GPA and a long list of scholastic awards and honors. Chad is looking to major in Chemistry in college.
Morgan will look to reunite with former Vinita High School head coach and current JBU assistant coach Donnie Bostwick. “When I left Vinita, it was a tough decision because of the community, great kids and young talent I left behind. Chad had mentioned to me at the time, that someday he was going to play for me. I am thrilled that I will get the opportunity to coach him. I knew at an early age he would excel in basketball. The exciting thing to me is that I believe his best basketball is still yet to come. He is such an unselfish kid with a great combination of talent and basketball savvy. I couldn’t be more excited about his decision to come to JBU. ” Bostwick commented.
The Golden Eagles are made up of a huge junior class, which includes all five starters. With the loss of only one senior, Morgan will look to solidify a very talented and already successful Golden Eagles team next season. John Brown University was ranked as high as 21st in the nation NAIA Division One last season, while finishing third in the Sooner Athletic Conference with a 19-12 overall record. John Brown University is a Christian Liberal Arts University located in Siloam Springs, Arkansas.