Written By: Lalo Mata
Published: April 24, 2020
The exciting story of big time defender, Joshua Morgan, looks to trade in his Long Beach State jersey to become a Trojan at USC.
The 6’11 Center out of Sacramento is a tall tale of dog mentality. Morgan was a top prospect out of Sacramento when he graduated from Sheldon High in a top program filled with names like Marcus Bagley and Xavion Brown who will be playing at D1 schools later this year. Senior year he averaged a bit over 4 blocks per game with a side of 7 rebounds which could make any team fearful to come into the paint against Joshua.
Joshua flipped the switch when it came to the hardwood in Long Beach as he reeled in an astounding 80 blocks ranking him in the top 15 players of the NCAA D1 stat rankings and 195 rebounds in just his freshman year in the Big West Conference. Now Morgan looks to elevate his game in his sophomore season with the Trojans where he’ll be an even bigger asset to a USC roster looking to come on top next year in their conference.
Morgan undeniably earned Big West Conference Defensive Player of the Year as well as breaking two school records while at Long Beach. A record which was shattered will have Joshua Morgan’s name at the top of the leader boards of most blocks in a season at 80, surpassing the old record of 59. Joshua also contributed 8 blocks to the home game contest against Cal State Fullerton for most blocks in a single game by a Long Beach State player.
Who had the biggest impact on your basketball career?
“My parents had the biggest impact on my basketball career. Their continual support through the rough times and the good ones keep me motivated.”
An athlete’s support from their parents goes a long way whether it’s finding an AAU team, the right coaching, or even paying for tournaments and hotels.
Did going to Sheldon play a big part in your recruitment process?
“Sheldon was a big part of my recruitment. You’re not gonna find a better team in NorCal than Sheldon or one that plays a tougher schedule. We played in big tournaments in preseason but also traveled in the summer and all these games had college coaches at them watching. It had a lot of exposure as well as practices that helped me to develop more from my previous year which was very important to me. The coaching there was very helpful in me becoming better with instruction from coach Rollings and former NBA.”
Sheldon will always be known as a basketball powerhouse through NorCal and all of California.
What does it feel like being defensive player of the year as a freshman?
“It feels good to get such a high award as a freshman as it is a testament to my hard work paying off, but although it’s great to be named defensive player of the year I still have a lot more to do before I get to where I want to be.”
An outstanding player with an incredible work ethic to be better than what he is as a player and a person.
What is your long term goal in basketball?
“Get to the league and be the best version of myself possible.”
What advice would you give for players trying to get a basketball scholarship?
“When playing and practicing give it 180% at all times. Sprint up and down the court dive for loose balls and rebound. Everyone wants a player who is a workhorse and will do what is necessary to win even if it doesn’t show up on their stats.”
Joshua is the perfect image of a workhorse and what hard work and dedication means on the court. By the time college hoops come around you can bet your money that Morgan will make his impact at USC and the PAC-12 and put the nation on notice of what Sacramento basketball has to offer.