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Jesse Morgan makes a dunk for the City boys´ team.
RAHUL COUTINHO / Staff photographer
Jesse Morgan makes a dunk for the City boys’ team.
By Ted Silary

PHILLY’S PUBLIC schools are off this week, and so is Jesse Morgan’s body.

Don’t believe him? In his own words, here are his plans: “I’m gonna rest, rest and rest. That’s it.” He almost started a day too early.

The occasion yesterday at 4 p.m. in La Salle University’s Tom Gola Arena was the boys’ contest in the All-Star Labor Classic. The guy with droopy eyelids through the first half? That was Morgan, the star guard from Olney High who mostly goes by “Booge” – rhymes with scrooge.

“I didn’t get up until 2 o’clock,” Morgan said. “I was sluggish. Took me a while to get going.”

Don’t worry. We asked the obvious questions.

“I didn’t go to bed until about 2 in the morning,” he said. “Our spring break is just starting. I want to take advantage of it. I want to get used to not having to go to sleep so early.

“How’d I sleep that long? My bed’s real comfortable. It was easy. Didn’t even wake up once. Slept straight through.”

Morgan, a 6-4, 175-pound senior guard, earned first-team honors on the Daily News’ recently released All-City squad. Once he got rolling yesterday, he bobbed and weaved – and exploded – his way to 16 points, though the result for City was a 109-99 loss to Suburbs.

Morgan hit only one of three shots in the first half; all attempts were treys. He made all five of his shots from the floor thereafter, with a three and dunk mixed in, while going an uncharacteristic 2-for-5 at the line.

He added three rebounds, along with one assist and a steal.

Through his first 3 years of high school ball while at Prep Charter, Morgan mostly was pigeonholed as a zone-buster. This past season, he did everything imaginable while pacing Olney to the Division A regular-season title.

“I knew I had more in me,” he said. “Maybe not everything I wound up showing, but that came as I went through the season. I really picked up my defense and rebounding. I kind of surprised myself in those two areas.

“I’m proud of how things went. I blossomed into a good all-around player and raised my stock a lot higher.”

Right about now, rumors about Morgan’s future are as plentiful as Easter candy next to drug-store cash registers.

Schools from around the country are at least inquiring – Final Four participant Connecticut is among them – and offers, Jesse said, have come from Nebraska and Baylor, in addition to Temple and La Salle. No official visits have been made. He has checked out the locals on unofficials.

So, he’s not ready to sign, as some are saying?… Read Entire Article Here

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