Thomasine "Angel" Morris, the mother of former Kansas twin forwards Marcus and Markieff Morris, will receive an award from a local crisis center for helping teammate Thomas Robinson, according to the University Daily Kansan.
According to a press release, Headquarters is honoring Morris for her "sacrifice and selfless actions" in the wake of the sudden death last January of Lisa Robinson, mother of junior forward Thomas Robinson.
Morris originally moved to Lawrence from Philadelphia when her sons started playing for Kansas in 2008. Although Morris' sons left Kansas last spring to enter the NBA draft, she decided to continue living in Lawrence to support Robinson for the rest of his college career.
The Kansas City Star reported on Mother's Day that Robinson, a fellow single mother, had a fear of flying from Washington and asked Angel Morris to look after her son, so when Robinson passed away it was Morris who stepped forward to help.
She was part of a group that consoled Thomas that night, and she traveled with him and KU director of basketball operations Barry Hinson to Washington to help with the funeral arrangements. In March, on Thomas' 20th birthday, she brought a cake to his hotel room in Tulsa, Okla., where the Jayhawks were playing in the NCAA Tournament.
When the season was over, the Morris twins and Robinson had decisions to make about the NBA draft. It was likely the twins would leave, and Robinson wanted to know what that meant for Angel. He told her that he would like for her to stay around Lawrence as long as he was at KU.
"I think his own mother would want for me to do that,” Angel says, "because before she passed away she asked me to do it, to make sure he does well in school and stays focused as a young man. That’s what I'm gonna do."
So as Robinson gears up for what is expected to be a breakout junior year, he'll have Angel Morris right there with him. She watched over him during his time of need, and now she'll be recognized for it.