Flashback: Morrow first made noise in Charlotte

When the Nets face the Bobcats tonight, Anthony Morrow will have a special connection to the word "Charlotte" across the opponents' jerseys. It was the first place where he received national attention -- when he was in high school (Rivals.com). Morrow, who was one of only four players to play on varsity as a ninth-grader at Charlotte Latin, averaged 24 points, eight rebounds and four assists as a senior, while shooting 42% from beyond the arc and 85% from the free throw line (Scout.com). That's when big-time college programs, including Georgia Tech, Connecticut, Tennessee and NC State, called for his services. He eventually played for the Yellow Jackets, an experience he shares with his current Nets teammate, rookie Derrick Favors.

While Morrow's high school coach, Jerry Faulkner, said at the time that his shooting ability was the difference between him and other players, he was most impressed with his attitude. "I’ve been in the locker room with him when he scored 35 and had 11, and there’s been absolutely no difference," Faulkner said. "He’s the same person regardless. Everything depends on how the team does. He’s extremely unselfish and such a competitor."

That year, Scout.com named him the 15th-best shooting guard in the class of 2004. At No. 13, there is another name you'll be quite familiar with: the Knicks' Toney Douglas. The only other player in the top 15 to have an impact in the NBA is the Nuggets' Arron Afflalo. That year's No. 1, former University of Memphis point guard Darius Washington, is not even in the league. He's in Italy playing for Bucks point guard Brandon Jennings' former club, Lottomatica Roma.

After going undrafted and playing for the Warriors for two seasons, Morrow now "feels extremely fresh ... like I'm going to a different level in my career" (The Charlotte Observer). He said: "Golden State was a place where I could feel my way through the league and get myself established. Now I'm in a more stable, long-term situation and we're off to a good start."

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