March 2, 2011

Sophomore duo hearing from Iowa

Who says a team that starts two sophomores and a freshman can't make their way to the state tournament? On Tuesday night, Iowa City West High School did just that, defeating Davenport West. The two sophomores, Jeremy Morgan and Dondre Alexander, are also generating some early attention on the recruiting trail from the Hawkeyes.

Morgan, who is the son of former Hawkeye basketball player Michael Morgan, hit a three pointer early to get the Trojans offense going. Then it was Alexander knocking down a pair of three's in the first half to help Iowa City West build a lead.

"It was really important that we got off to a good start shooting the basketball because we needed to come out and make a statement," Morgan said.

"I had a bad game last game, so I wanted to make up for it. I hit some shots early and I think that helped us get going," said Alexander.

Iowa City West now heads to Des Moines next week with a first round match-up against on Wednesday afternoon against Waukee.

Morgan, who stands 6-foot-4, finished the game with his season average of ten points. This season he has also contributed three assists and three rebounds per game. He's also made a couple of unofficial visits to Iowa this past fall.

"I haven't heard from a lot of schools yet, but I did go on three unofficial visits to Iowa this fall. The coaches seem like good guys."

Alexander, who stands 6-foot-3, will eventually have to settle on a sport at the college level. This season on the hardwood he averaged nearly 13 points a game. He also chipped in with 4.9 rebounds. He is also a very talented wide receiver prospect and the college program in his home town has taken notice.

"I'm only a sophomore, but I was invited to their Junior Day," he said. "I am being recruited more for football than basketball. I've already been invited to a couple of camps this summer Iowa, Iowa State, and Michigan State so far."

As far as that future decision, Alexander isn't close to picking a sport.

"When I am playing football, I like football better. When I am playing basketball, I like basketball better," he said with a laugh.

Both Morgan and Alexander will continue being teammates once their high school season ends. They both will play with the Iowa Barnstormers AAU program this spring and summer.

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