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Texas basketball Transfer Arterio Morris Commits to Kansas


By Kevin Flaherty,


LAWRENCE, Kan.Texas basketball transfer Arterio Morris announced his next college destination Friday, picking Big 12 rival Kansas, a significant portal addition for coach Bill Self and the Jayhawks. Morris visited Kansas last week before making his decision. The former five-star prospect averaged just shy of 12 minutes per game this past season, appearing in all 38 games for the Longhorns.

The No. 2 point guard and No. 18 overall player in 247Sports’ rankings, Morris averaged 4.6 points and 1.4 rebounds per game. But by season’s end, he’d become a valuable defender off the bench for the Longhorns and found his shooting stroke, making 11-of-24 (45.8%) 3-pointers from Feb. 1 until the end of Texas’ run to the Elite Eight.

With Timmy Allen missing the entirety of the Big 12 Tournament with injury, Morris played 45 minutes over three games, scoring 20 points, making 3-of-7 3-pointers and adding four steals.

“Morris is an elite point guard prospect who is a raw talent that has the upside to potentially be the best player from the 2022 class,” wrote 247Sports’ Brandon Jenkins in Morris’ scouting report out of high school. “Morris has pop to his game and is elusive with his handle when breaking down defenders. His short-area quickness and burst coupled with his shiftiness grant him the ability to get where ever he pleases in the half-court game. He is at his best when playing downhill where he is an instinctual player when finishing creatively at the rim. Thanks to his length, quickness, and size, Morris can also be leaned upon as a multi-positional defender.

“As he learns to play with a consistent killer instinct and polishes his overall game; mainly his jumper and decision-making, Morris could potentially take off and be mentioned in the conversation for the best lead guard in the class,” Jenkins wrote.