DeShaun Morman’s D.C. move
reaps college recruiting interest
DeSHAUN MORMANMorman, 18, arrived at Coolidge with only one Division I scholarship offer, from Massachusetts. His strong play this season has made him a top local recruit, earning offers from George Washington, Providence, Seton Hall, UNLV, Virginia and Virginia Commonwealth, according to Coolidge Coach Vaughn Jones.
Where he will play next season, however, remains in doubt because of a D.C. Public Schools rule put into effect in August. Because of his grades, Morman is academically a junior at Coolidge. Athletically, his basketball eligibility may be exhausted because he played junior varsity at Meadowbrook as a freshman and started on varsity much of the next two seasons.
After years of allowing fifth-year seniors, DCPS ruled last fall that, starting in the 2012-13 academic year, a student’s athletic eligibility will be limited to eight consecutive semesters. Jones said he is considering filing a hardship waiver. Morman, who said he hopes to come back to Coolidge, is considering prep school next season.
It has been a whirlwind for Morman, who admits he wasn’t accustomed to getting this level of attention in Richmond. And with Coolidge facing Findlay Prep on Thursday in the first round of the National High School Invitational, it could be his last game in a Colts uniform.