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Morman Commits To Cincinnati

With three recruits already signed for the 2013 recruiting class, Cincinnati head coach Mick Cronin picked up another strong addition on Friday with a pledge from shooting guard Deshaun Morman.

The 6-foot-3 190 pound guard from Virginia visited the Cincinnati campus last weekend and after taking some time to think over his decision, he picked the Bearcats over Big East foe Rutgers.

“I picked them because I feel the coaches have been there with me from day 1, and when I toured the campus and watched the team I felt it fit my style of play,” Morman said of his verbal commitment. “I think I fit in real well with that style of offense.”

Morman's name came on to the Cincinnati radar over the summer with the hiring of Antwon Jackson to the staff from UMASS. That established relationship along with the connection established with Cronin since were heavy factors in his decision.

“Coach Jackson has been on me for a while,” said Morman. “He first started recruiting me when he was at UMASS and he carried on when he went to Cincinnati. I just felt like we have a real good relationship and I can depend on him. The relationship with me and coach Cronin has been very good. I can just see myself happy there.”

While Morman didn't get to spend a ton of time with his future teammates last weekend because they were getting ready to play Mississippi Valley State, he appreciated the sharp focus they showed in preparation.

“When I took my visit they couldn't really show me around because they had a game on that Sunday, but when I looked at it they seemed like they were real focused on the game,” Morman said. “They just tuned everything out and got down to business.”

Morman is a very versatile guard that can play any perimeter position, and has the strength and athletic ability to guard up to four spots on the floor from very early in his career. While he wasn't sure exactly where he fit into the four out system on offense, he sees himself as a guy that can fill multiple roles.

“Right now I'm not sure,” said Morman. “I can see myself as a combo and play a little bit of the 1 and a little bit of the 2. I'm not sure.”

It wasn't an easy choice for Morman as he recently took an official visit to Rutgers as well, but in the end Cincinnati was just the right fit in the end.

“It was a very hard decision, but like I said I just felt like I'd be more happy at Cincinnati,” Morman said. “That's where I see myself for the next four years.”

As for signing his letter of intent, it will likely be at the end of the signing period next week as Morman travels from Faith Baptist (Bradenton, FL) back home to Virginia to be with his family for the Thanksgiving holiday.

The last day to officially sign a letter of intent is Wednesday, November 21st, and that is when the newest Cincinnati commit plans to make it official.

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