April 19, 2006
Adam Morrison has decided to make it official, opting to give up his final year of eligibility to enter the NBA draft. Certainly this is not a surprise as many speculated this decision for a while.
There is no doubt in my mind that Morrison is ready for life in the NBA. Trust me, he is going to be an absolute star. He is the complete package; there is a toughness about him, a desire to win, a competitiveness that is impressive. Morrison is also multi-skilled, capable of playing inside and outside. He can put points on the board quickly.
Morrison is a coach's dream. All he wants to do is play hoops. He has a certain passion that makes it very special and he has been a gift to watch on the collegiate level. It has been wonderful to watch him take Gonzaga to the national limelight and his battle with J. J. Redick for national Player of the Year honors. It was a great story for the college basketball season.
It was heartbreaking to watch his career come to an end in the NCAA tournament, when the Zags let a 17-point lead slip away against UCLA. He poured his heart out after the game, showing his emotion by crying his eyes out. That was a display of his sense of pride of always striving to be the best.
Whomever gets Morrison in the NBA draft will have a winner. Some advice to those teams drafting high -- don't make a mistake and let him slide by. We will hear about European players with great potential, and while I have not seen many of them play, I have seen Morrison. My friends, you can't wrong asking Mr. Morrison to wear your uniform.
It is all about the name on the front of the jersey for Morrison. He wants to win, win, win, and he is so competitive. He has a very bright future ahead of him.
Dick Vitale coached the Pistons and the University of Detroit before broadcasting ESPN's first college basketball game in 1979. Send a question for Vitale for possible use on ESPNEWS.