Another one of Arizona's top guard prospects in a loaded 2014 class is now officially off the recruiting board, as Chandler High School’s sharp-shooting ted 6-foot-1 senior combo-guard prospect Marco Morales has found himself a college home. After having strong junior and senior seasons at Chandler HS, Morales will extend his college basketball playing career at a strong division-II program.
Morales, one of the top available guard prospects in the state, recently decided on Lander University, a strong division-II basketball program located in Greenwood, South Carolina. After considering his options, Morales gave head coach Jeff Burkhamer and his basketball staff his pledge.
This senior combo-guard prospect has worked hard over the years and has paid his dues to become one of the state’s top overall guard prospects. While playing consistently over the past two years and developing into one of the top overall shooters of the basketball in the state, Morales flew well below the recruiting radar, until now. Morales has landed a nice college basketball scholarship for himself.
Morales is the son of a successful coach. His father Jose Morales is a well known club organizer in the state and also a promoter of Arizona high school basketball.
This season as a senior, Morales averaged 13.5 points and 2.3 assists per/game for a team that finished with an 18-12 overall record. Last season as a junior, while the team would struggle last season with a disappointing 12-15 overall record on the season, Morales would average a team-leading 14.2 points per/game.
Possessing a sharp shooting stroke and a quick release with unlimited range on his jump-shot, Morales reminds me of a young developing John Pena (former Northern Colorado signee). A deadly shooter with a good overall feel for the game, Morales had a top-rated performance in last year’s Arizona Preps Fall Showcase. In the event, Morales was selected as one of the top overall performers from the day.
Congratulations to Morales and his family on this amazing accomplishment from our Arizona Preps staff. He has worked hard for this opportunity and is well-deserving.
Arizona Hoop Review Scouting Report: Morales is a big-time shooter with unlimited range on his shot. A crafty guard prospect that is capable of playing both guard positions on the floor. Scores in bunches when he is on. A very good ball handler and passer. Sees the floor. Pushes the basketball. Still needs to show he can play the point position full-time to reach his potential as a player. Gaining physical strength will add much more explosion to his game.