FARGO — Andrew Morgan was in the combine recently when he figured it was time to make a decision on his college basketball future.
The Waseca (Minn.) High School senior had plenty of time to think since the radio wasn’t working as he was harvesting soybeans.
“It just hit me,” Morgan said. “I was like, ‘Why am I messing around?’ I know where I want to go and I know where the best fit is for me.”
The 6-foot-9 power forward announced via Instagram around a week ago that he had committed to North Dakota State. Morgan had multiple NCAA Division I offers, including one from the Iowa Hawkeyes, a Big Ten Conference member.
“For me it wasn’t just I wanted to go to the Big Ten, I wanted to go to the place that fit me the most,” Morgan said.
Morgan said NDSU, Iowa and St. Thomas were his top three choices. South Dakota State and the University of South Dakota were among his other Division I offers.
Morgan averaged 20.2 points, 9.6 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per game during his junior season with the Bluejays. He has more than 1,300 career points entering his senior season.
“In the back of my mind, I wanted it done before basketball season started,” Morgan said. “I wanted it off my mind, off my chest. I’d be committed and it would be over with.”
Waseca had a 25-5 record last season and had advanced to the Minnesota Class 2A, Section 2 boys basketball title game before the season was halted due to the coronavirus pandemic.
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Morgan, who carries 230 pounds on his frame, is projected to be a post player for the Bison. He said he prefers to primarily play on the both the high and low post areas.
“My mid-range game is one of my favorites,” said Morgan, who has played for a Minnesota Heat traveling team during the summer.
Morgan, who lives on a farm 10 miles north of Waseca, plans to study agribusiness at NDSU. The academic fit was part of the reason he decided on the school.
“One of the main reasons was it just felt like the right place for me. It was the right fit and it had everything I wanted,” Morgan said. “For me, it was the way they recruited me as a person. That meant a lot to me.”
Morgan said the summer before his sophomore year in high school is when he started to realize he had Division I potential. A Division II coach told one of the parents of Morgan’s traveling team teammates the school wasn’t going to look at Morgan because he was too good of a prospect. That conversation got back to Morgan, who was surprised he was viewed that highly as a prospect.
“I was like, ‘What? That’s not possible,’” Morgan said. “I never imagined that. It was flattering.”
Morgan said it’s still somewhat surreal to think he was recruited by a Big Ten Conference school and he has committed to NDSU, which competes in the Summit League.
“I’d never expected when I started playing basketball that I would ever go to a school like NDSU. There is no possible way where I would even talk to those big schools,” Morgan said.
“When I made the decision, it was relieving. I know I’m going to the right place. I didn’t have any second guesses.”