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Junior guard Matt Morgan announced Monday on Twitter his intention to declare for the NBA Draft, after leading the Ivy League in scoring for the third straight year.
Thank you Cornell University, Newman Nation and everyone in the Cornell basketball organization!! It’s been an amazing 3 years and the memories we shared will not be forgotten!! 🤞🏽🔴🙏🏽🔥🔟 pic.twitter.com/95DtpdDFfJ
— Matt Morgan (@TheRealMM10) April 2, 2018
The Concord, North Carolina, native led his team to the Ivy League tournament in his junior season, but the Red lost in the semifinals to Harvard. Morgan scored 22.5 points per game in his junior campaign, and scored 20 or more points 18 times.
“We talked about it between my family, my coaches and I and we all agreed [declaring for the draft] was a good move for me,” Morgan said in a text message to The Sun.
Morgan said while he hopes to be drafted by an NBA team, he will return to Cornell for his senior season if he isn’t selected.
“I’m going into this process with the intention of getting selected to play for a NBA organization, but I don’t want to lose my last year of college if that opportunity isn’t there for me,” he said.
Morgan and Ryan Wittman ’10 are the only two players in Cornell men’s basketball history to score 500 points in multiple seasons, and Morgan was the first Cornellian to reach 1,000 points as a sophomore.
Morgan declared for the NBA Draft last April as well, but withdrew after hearing from three teams, The Sun previously reported.