Tim Morris said his impending transfer to Washington isn't really about family.
Oh, it certainly means something that UW coach Lorenzo Romar is his second cousin.
But Morris, who said Monday night he will transfer to UW this year after playing basketball the last two seasons at Stanford, said Washington was enough of a sell by itself.
"I've liked Seattle since the first time I visited it," he said. "I've always really liked the environment there."
Morris, a native of Atlanta, will sit out this season due to NCAA transfer rules and will be able to play in 2007-08, which will be his final year of eligibility (he also redshirted his first year at Stanford in 2003-04).
The 6-foot-4, 215-pound Morris averaged five points and 3.1 rebounds a game as a reserve guard for the Cardinal last year and decided to transfer at the end of the season. Morris saw almost all of his numbers decrease from the previous season, shooting 39 percent from the field and 17.4 percent from the three-point line, but established himself as one of the team's better perimeter defenders.
"The style of play just wasn't the best fit for me," Morris said of why he left Stanford, a school that has always had one of the more deliberate schemes in the Pac-10.
When he left Stanford, Morris said he initially thought of a number of other schools, with Washington not on the list despite the fact he has known Romar his entire life — Romar's mother and Morris' grandfather are sister and brother.
But one day, as he was sifting through his post-Stanford options, Morris found himself talking with Romar and the idea of coming to UW arose.
"I was just letting him know what I was doing and what had fallen through and what hadn't," Morris said.
"This all just kind of came up at the end."
Morris visited UW on Friday and Saturday and made the decision to become a Husky.
It was the first time he had really been recruited by Romar. Though Morris was the Atlanta metro player of the year after leading Whitefield Academy to the Georgia state championship as a senior and was a runner-up for Mr. Georgia Basketball, he said Romar didn't recruit him much then "because he didn't want to use the family thing too much."
Morris said he likely won't enroll at UW until the winter quarter.
He will then be able to practice with the team for the rest of the 2006-07 season before becoming eligible the following year. He isn't guaranteed a scholarship, though he will get one if one is available.
And becoming a Husky, he knows, means the inevitable trip back to Stanford sometime in 2008.
"That will be interesting," Morris said. "I'll be curious to see what kind of reception I'll get."
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