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Braves Add Size and Shooting with JUCO Tandem
Release: Friday 04/21/2014 
by BradleyBraves.com

PEORIA, Ill. – Bradley added two more players to its 2014 recruiting class Monday with the announcement that junior college players Warren Jones (Centralia, Ill./Sandoval H.S.) and Jermaine Morgan (Chicago, Ill./Whitney Young) both returned their paperwork to attend Bradley University and play basketball for the Braves in 2014-15.

“We are really excited to add Jermaine Morgan and Warren Jones to our basketball family,” said Bradley head coach Geno Ford. “They are both high-character kids from great families who will fit in well with our current roster.

“Jermaine gives us an active, multiple-position front court player with inside-outside skill,” added Ford. Warren provides a guard who can play both positions well by being a good 3-point shooter, but also having high-level ball skills to attack the paint.”

Jones is a 6-foot-3 combo guard from Southeastern (Iowa) Community College, where he averaged 16.8 points, 3.5 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.2 steals per game as a sophomore in 2013-14. Jones helped the Blackhawks to a 25-7 overall record and a runner-up finish in the Region XI Tournament by shooting 50.9 percent from the field, 40.9 percent from 3-point range and 74.4 percent from the free throw line. He scored a career-best 31 points Nov. 18 versus Iowa Lakes and pumped in 30 points in the Region XI Tournament championship game against Indian Hills.

Jones prepped at Sandoval High School in southern Illinois, where he was the 2012 Midland Trail Conference Player of the Year in 2012. Among the highlights of his senior season, Jones poured in 58 points in a game.

A 6-foot-8 forward, Morgan signed with Washington State in the fall, but following a coaching change this spring, new Cougars head coach Ernie Kent granted Morgan a release from that commitment and he becomes immediately eligible for the Braves in 2014-15. An honorable mention All-Region 16 performer, Morgan averaged 8.5 points, 8.4 rebounds and 1.7 blocked shots per game this past season at Moberly, helping the Greyhounds to a 23-9 final record.

A Chicago native, Morgan graduated from Whitney Young High School and helped the Dolphins to the 2009 IHSA 4A state championship and a runner-up finish in the 2010 state tournament, both on Bradley’s floor at Carver Arena. He was ranked as the 54th power forward nationally in the Class of 2012 by ESPN Recruiting when he originally committed to Colorado State, whose staff featured current Bradley assistant coach Ron Coleman.

Prior to playing a game at Moberly in 2012-13, Morgan transferred to Odessa (Texas) College, where he played in seven games during the spring semester with current Brave Austin Barnes. After averaging 4.0 points and 3.3 rebounds in his seven games at Odessa, Morgan returned to Moberly for his sophomore campaign.

The Braves signed two recruits during November’s early-signing period - junior college point guard Tramique Sutherland and high school forward Donte Thomas – and last week Bradley announced the addition of junior college guard Kendahl Amerson. With five players committed, Bradley has one scholarship remaining for the 2014-15 season.

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