Monté Morris returning to Iowa State

Iowa State junior point guard Monté Morris has announced that he will return for his senior season, according to an official release from the program.

“Ultimately, it came down to wanting to accomplish a number of things, with earning my degree and continuing my development as a basketball player my top priorities,” Morris said. “I want to get stronger and become the best basketball player I can before becoming a professional, and I feel another year at Iowa State can help me do that.”

A former four-star recruit from Flint, Michigan, Morris averaged 13.9 points, 6.9 assists and 1.8 steals per game in his junior season. He shot 49 percent from the field and 36 percent from long range as the Cyclones went 23-12 (10-8 Big 12) and made it as far as the Sweet Sixteen in the team’s first season under coach Steve Prohm.

And Monté Morris’ return could wind up being a godsend, as Iowa State is losing three key players to graduation: Abdel Nader, Jameel McKay and star Georges Niang.

Thus, though Morris will likely need to carry the lion’s load on offense, his presence and leadership will make for a smoother transition to the new generation of Iowa State players.

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