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  Thursday, July 7, 2005

UK center Morris' future takes shape
By Landry Fields

The href=/profile//> future href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> center href=/profile//> Randolph href=/profile//> Morris, href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> 6'10" href=/profile//> Kentucky href=/profile//> freshman href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> not href=/profile//> selected href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> NBA href=/profile//> Draft href=/profile//> night, href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> slowly href=/profile//> coming href=/profile//> into href=/profile//> focus. href=/profile//>

A href=/profile//> statement href=/profile//> from href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> sports href=/profile//> agency href=/profile//> SFX, href=/profile//> which href=/profile//> hosted href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> private href=/profile//> workout href=/profile//> attended href=/profile//> by href=/profile//> Morris href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> Chicago href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> June, href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> released href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Louisville href=/profile//> newspaper href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Courier-Journal href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> Wednesday, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> it href=/profile//> stated:

"Randolph href=/profile//> has href=/profile//> not href=/profile//> signed href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> SFX, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> has href=/profile//> maintained href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> eligibility href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> return href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> Kentucky. href=/profile//> He href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> considering href=/profile//> all href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> options href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> family. href=/profile//> It href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> ultimately href=/profile//> Randolph's href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> family's href=/profile//> decision href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> what href=/profile//> course href=/profile//> they href=/profile//> will href=/profile//> pursue, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> they href=/profile//> will href=/profile//> notify href=/profile//> everyone href=/profile//> when href=/profile//> they href=/profile//> make href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> decision."

Previously, href=/profile//> there href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> been href=/profile//> conflicting href=/profile//> accounts href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> Morris' href=/profile//> amateur href=/profile//> status href=/profile//> based href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> prior href=/profile//> press href=/profile//> releases href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> SFX href=/profile//> workout. href=/profile//> This href=/profile//> new href=/profile//> information href=/profile//> coincides href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> first href=/profile//> public href=/profile//> comments href=/profile//> by href=/profile//> University href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> Kentucky href=/profile//> head href=/profile//> coach href=/profile//> Tubby href=/profile//> Smith, href=/profile//> who href=/profile//> acknowledged href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> several href=/profile//> beat href=/profile//> reporters href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> Wednesday href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> would href=/profile//> meet href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> Morris href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> family href=/profile//> within href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> next href=/profile//> week.

The href=/profile//> timetable href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> important, href=/profile//> because href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Atlanta href=/profile//> Hawks href=/profile//> -- href=/profile//> Morris' href=/profile//> hometown href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> -- href=/profile//> issued href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> young href=/profile//> pivot href=/profile//> an href=/profile//> invitation href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> participate href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> their href=/profile//> summer-league href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> at href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Rocky href=/profile//> Mountain href=/profile//> Revue href=/profile//> beginning href=/profile//> Monday, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> indicated href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> they href=/profile//> expect href=/profile//> him href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> attend. href=/profile//> Were href=/profile//> Morris href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> participate href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> practices href=/profile//> or href=/profile//> games, href=/profile//> regardless href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> any href=/profile//> pay href=/profile//> involved, href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> would href=/profile//> forfeit href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> amateur href=/profile//> status.

Morris href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> family, href=/profile//> including href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> father href=/profile//> Ralph, href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> little href=/profile//> contact href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> Tubby href=/profile//> Smith href=/profile//> since href=/profile//> faxing href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> athletic href=/profile//> department href=/profile//> Morris' href=/profile//> intention href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> test href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> draft href=/profile//> process. href=/profile//> Morris' href=/profile//> UK href=/profile//> teammates href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> been href=/profile//> equally href=/profile//> unable href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> confirm href=/profile//> or href=/profile//> deny href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> center's href=/profile//> intentions.

But href=/profile//> based href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> current href=/profile//> reports href=/profile//> and, href=/profile//> finally, href=/profile//> some href=/profile//> news href=/profile//> from href=/profile//> both href=/profile//> sides href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> situation, href=/profile//> it href=/profile//> appears href=/profile//> Morris href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> advisors href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> at href=/profile//> least href=/profile//> begun href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> consider href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> option href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> returning href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> another href=/profile//> season href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> Lexington. href=/profile//> Whether href=/profile//> coach href=/profile//> Smith href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> equally href=/profile//> interested href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> Morris' href=/profile//> unconditional href=/profile//> return href=/profile//> we'll href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> wait href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> find href=/profile//> out.

Were href=/profile//> Morris href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> return, href=/profile//> it href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> possible href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> would href=/profile//> face href=/profile//> similar href=/profile//> NCAA href=/profile//> sanctions href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> former href=/profile//> Mississippi href=/profile//> State href=/profile//> big href=/profile//> man href=/profile//> Lawrence href=/profile//> Roberts, href=/profile//> who href=/profile//> incurred href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> brief href=/profile//> suspension href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> working href=/profile//> out href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> teams href=/profile//> last href=/profile//> year href=/profile//> before href=/profile//> pulling href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> name href=/profile//> from href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> draft.

(Note: href=/profile//> The href=/profile//> author href=/profile//> referred href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> published href=/profile//> wire href=/profile//> reports href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> news href=/profile//> clips href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> piece.)

 
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