September 14, 2011

Basketball duo enjoys visit to Fort Collins

Rams head basketball coach Tim Miles hosted a trio of three-star ranked players from the class of 2012 this past weekend. Among them was Wichita forward Gavin Thurman. When he first envisioned what Colorado State would be like, he pictured something a little different from what he actually experienced. However, one thing stuck out to him.

"The campus really - I loved the campus. I didn't picture it like that in my head." Thurman continued on, saying, "It went real well. I got to be around the coaching staff, and I feel like I have a good relationship with them now and I'll definitely have to keep that in mind (when committing)."

Current Rams Greg Smith and Dorian Green acted as player hosts for the star 6-foot-7 small forward. He expressed his strengths as his shooting and passing abilities, while needing to improve on his physical strength. Thurman averaged over 18 points and 6 boards a season ago for his Southeast High School team.

On rating his visit to CSU on a scale from 1-10, Thurman said, "I'd rate it a nine and a half."

He will officially visit Iowa and Wichita State before committing as well. So, when will he make a decision?

"I haven't really decided on that."

Another big man from the Midwest made the trip out to Fort Collins. Chicago power forward Jermaine Morgan joined Thurman and shooting guard Jordan Mason. Morgan, too, had many positives to say about the trip.

"It was amazing. The campus is big, the coaching staff is cool, and overall it was just great. It was a great experience."

On rating that experience, Morgan said, "I would rate it an eight and a half."

"It's very different from Chicago - just so clean, and everyone down (in Fort Collins) has a smile on their face. Everything was beautiful too with the mountains, and it was a great opportunity for me."

Morgan is very aware of what he can bring to the table as a player, and what he needs to work on to improve once he gets to the college level.

"My strength is mostly rebounding - I don't look to score as much as maybe a point guard or anything like that, but I can when I need to. I can rebound and bring energy." Morgan continued, saying, "Right now I'm just trying to get my weight up so I can compete when I get there, so I want to get up to at least 235 (pounds)."

Morgan has a nice frame at 6-foot-8, 205 pounds. He has solid ties to the CSU program, as his former AAU coach, Ron Coleman, was recently hired as an assistant for the Rams. Coleman coached for the Mac Irvin Fire team in Chicago.

Morgan said he plans on ending his recruiting process rather soon.

"I would like to make my college decision by the end of September, and I will (sign) in November."

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