June 24, 2011 by staff
For fans of Kansas who spent three years watching the twins mature into college players, the only surprise was that Markieff came first – as he had done 21 years ago in the delivery room.
Marcus, seen from high school to be the best player, took 14 in the draft Thursday night by the Houston Rockets. About 5 minutes before, the Phoenix Suns had the Markieff 6-9, an inch taller and older than 7 minutes, and the total number of 13.
There was, however, does not escape the fact that the brothers will now be led by different paths. Throughout his life, never been apart for more than a few days.
“I’ve been with him for 21 years, never played in a different team,” said Markieff ESPN. “It’s a new chapter in our lives. We are ready to move on.”
Marcus said he and Markieff knew that once he left college a year before, they were almost certain to go their separate ways.
“It will definitely be weird, but we are growing,” said Marcus. “We’re grown men. I just told him I’m proud of him and I’m happy that he has to go where he wanted. He’s my best friend and I want to do well.”
The Memphis Grizzlies, the most contracted player coach Bill Self Kansas ever signed, took guard Josh Selby, with the 49th selection after a disappointing first year. Suspended the first nine games of the NCAA and then slowed by a foot injury, Selby averaged only 7.9 points, 2.2 rebounds and 2.2 assist in 26 games he played.
It is the second time three Jayhawks were taken in the first two rounds.
Although many thought that Selby would benefit from staying in school another year, everyone knew that the twins Morris would take the first round and possible lottery. The two became the Jayhawks 17 and 18 from 1990 were drafted in the first round.
Both brothers are huge step. Markieff led Kansas and Big 12 last season with a 58.9 percent field goal and 8.3 rebounds per game. He averaged nearly 14 points and shot 42 percent from behind the 3-point arc.
Marcus also has exceptional passing skills with an average of 17.2 points per game while leading the Jayhawks to their seventh straight Big 12 championship. He had 10 double-doubles and averaged 7.6 rebounds, second in the only team Markieff.
At least once during the 2010-11 season, Marcus led Kansas in every statistical category. He was named Big 12 Player of the Week three times and finished the season as the league’s player of the year.
The brothers have been extremely close since I grew up in a suburb of Philadelphia. Even sign all their tweets “Friends of the Earth,” which means “family above all.”
Angel Morris moved to Lawrence when their children signed with Kansas and was the court at every home game. In an interview with the AP, he remembered something that happened when their twins were about 8 or 9 years old, and seemed “weird” with her.
“Suddenly Markieff grabbed his ear and said,” Oh, “he said. “Then he told me something had happened to Marcus. A little later, Marcus came in and he was crying, holding his ear. Someone had thrown a stone and hit him in the ear.”
Kansas coach Bill Self, who has called Marcus the most complete player ever conducted, said he had seen the brothers gradually increasingly independent.
“Although they are joined at the hip, no closer than when he first joined (in Kansas),” he said. “Not that is breaking.’re incredibly close. But I think they’ll both look after themselves very well.”
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