Tag:Demetris Morant
Posted on: August 30, 2011 12:17 am
Edited on: August 30, 2011 12:36 am

UNLV picks up shot-blocker Demetris Morant

By Jeff Borzello

After getting commitments from guards Katin Reinhardt and Daquan Cook earlier this summer, UNLV turned its attention to the frontcourt.

Late Monday night, the Runnin’ Rebels found their guy in Demetris Morant, an athletic big man who fits the target profile. Morant chose Rice’s program over San Diego State, with Memphis, Texas A&M, Utah, Arizona State and others also in the mix.

“Great coaches, good style of play,” Morant told CBSSports.com when asked why he chose UNLV. “I feel like family at that school, and I get a lot of help from people, getting better at basketball.”

Morant is a 6-foot-8 power forward from Bishop Gorman (Nev.) who played alongside No. 1 recruit Shabazz Muhammad on the AAU circuit, with Dream Vision. He is one of the better shot-blockers in his class, possessing tremendous timing and defensive instincts. Morant has great length and athleticism, and he avoids taking chances and fouling. Offensively, he is still very raw, but he knows how to run the floor and finish in transition.

Morant isn't sure exactly the sort of impact he will make at UNLV, but he's optimistic.

"The coaches must have seen something in me," he said. 

Posted on: July 19, 2011 12:04 pm

Notebook: Winston Shepard expanding game

By Jeff Borzello

With the way Shabazz Muhammad is playing lately, it might be tough for anyone else on Dream Vision to get attention – especially offensively.

Winston Shepard is finding other ways to make an impact on the court, though.

“I can handle the ball, I’m a playmaker,” Shepard said. “I get to the rim, I shoot free throws. I can defend one through four.”

The 6-foot-8 Findlay Prep (Nev.) product has improved his all-around game, using his versatility and wide-ranging skill set to create match-up problems at both ends of the floor. He is very athletic and finishes efficiently at the rim and in transition. Shepard has a great motor and is active defensively.

He insists he is not being overshadowed by Muhammad’s offensive exploits on the AAU circuit.

“I don’t look at it like that,” Shepard said. “We both do good things. People know I can play, I know I can play.”

There are 11 schools currently in the mix for Shepard: Texas, Oklahoma State, Kansas, Memphis, New Mexico, San Diego State, UCLA, UNLV, UTEP, Kentucky and Missouri.

He said there are no favorites, but he plans to cut his list in July and then take all five of his visits in the fall before making a decision. 

Demetris Morant dominates defensively

For a player who is still in the early stages of his offensive game, Demetris Morant gets an awful lot of exposure.

The reason is simple: Morant is one of the best shot-blockers in the country.

The 6-foot-8 Bishop Gorman (Nev.) big man has outstanding timing on the defensive end, using his length and athleticism to dominate that side of the floor. He can rebound effectively, and is extremely quick off the ground.

Clearly, Morant needs to improve his offense – but he is aware of his deficiencies at that end.

“I’m working on my post moves, doing shooting drills, working on my ball handling,” he said.

Morant is hearing from San Diego State, UNLV, Texas A&M, Memphis, Utah, Drake, New Mexico, Arizona State and San Francisco. Back in January, he said Arizona was in the mix but now says he hasn’t heard from the Wildcats recently.

“I’m looking for a good basketball program, a good academic school,” Morant said.

Photo: Lawrence Journal-World

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