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May 30, 2006

Morris, and other notes

Posted by Bob Condotta at 12:47 PM

In case you missed it, the Tim-Morris-to-UW move is a done deal. Here's our story from today's paper.

One thing that didn't make it in the story is that Morris will apparently attend North Seattle Community College beginning next month for two quarters to earn his AA degree and then enroll at UW in the winter quarter.

He wouldn't be eligible to play this year, anyway, due to NCAA transfer rules.

Pac-10 rules were relaxed two years ago allowing for players to transfer within the conference while sitting out only one year, the same as the NCAA rule. Previously, players transferring within the conference had to sit out two years, which made such moves essentially non-existent.

But Morris said despite the change in the rules, he plans to go to North Seattle before enrolling at UW.

Taking Morris apparently won't impact any of UW's future recruiting plans. While Morris may end up on scholarship, he is coming to UW prepared to pay his own way — meaning, be a walk-on — if need be.

• The recruit to watch now is Matthew Bryan-Amaning, a 6-8 forward who is a native of Surrey, England and is currently attending South Kent (Ct.) School where he will be a senior next year.

He will visit UW this weekend along with his high school coach. If he commits, he would be the second member of the Class of 2007 along with Curtis High's Isaiah Thomas. UW would have at least one more scholarship for that class.

• Talked with Joel Bell, the agent for Bobby Jones, a few days ago.

He said Jones has had four workouts — Utah, the Lakers, Golden State and Sacramento.

He was supposed to have a workout with the Knicks last week but canceled it after falling a little under the weather. That would have been an interesting workout as that was the day Larry Brown showed up to run the show, which was a big deal in the New York media as rumors were swirling that Brown was on his way out and his presence assured that he hadn't been fired yet. But Brown wouldn't talk to the media and it was left to the guys who worked out to talk about Brown being there.

Bell said Jones will reschedule a workout with the Knicks after he takes part in the pre-draft camp in Orlando, Fla., June 6-10.

Bell wouldn't say if Jones has other workouts planned this week — such things tend to be planned fairly last-minute as it is.

But he said he thinks Jones has only helped his case in the workouts he has had to date.

"He's surprising people with his ability to shoot the ball,'' Bell said. "And he always interviews great. There's definitely a place for him in the NBA.''

• Saw one person posted that it seems as if all the seniors have left school already and aren't taking their classes seriously. I'll defend them by pointing out that Mike Jensen and Jamaal Williams have already earned their degrees and Jones is on track to graduate next month.

The only one not on track to graduate is Brandon Roy, and he's about to be the fourth pick in the NBA Draft and assured $12 million or so, so I think he'll be just fine.

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