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home : sports : collegiate May 24, 2016

7/8/2014 6:05:00 PM
Lander men's basketball signs Arizona prep standout Marco Morales

Lander head men's basketball coach Jeff Burkhamer today announced the signing of Marco Morales, a 6-1 guard from Chandler, Ariz., to a National Letter of Intent for the 2014-15 season.

Morales, who led Chandler High School to an 18-12 record and the second round of the state playoffs, averaged 13.5 points per game while shooting 44 percent from the field and 74 percent from the free throw line. He made 97 three pointers and connected on 41 percent behind the arc.

"Marco has a chance to be one of the best shooters in the Peach Belt Conference," said Burkhamer. "He has a chance to fill our need at the wing position immediately. Marco is a big-time shooter from deep and will certainly stretch defenses. He is a terrific student and should excel in the classroom."

Morales had a season best 29 points against Desert Vista when he was 9 of 11 from the three-point line. He scored in double figures 21 times and made at least two three pointers in 25 games. Morales scored 950 points in his career, which included 249 threes.

He was named the state's Most Prolific Three-Point Shooter in Division I by Max Preps and scored 15 points in the Arizona High School All-Star game.

"Marco is an outstanding kid and one of the best shooters I've ever coached," said Chandler High coach Mark Nold. "He will bring a lot to Lander, not only with his presence on the floor and how well he shoots the basketball, but because he is a quality person."

Morales plans to pursue a degree in either engineering or political science.

"I feel this is a great opportunity for me academically and athletically," said Morales. "On the court, I look forward to contributing next year and hope to be a great teammate."

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