Former Michigan forward Jordan Morgan had five workouts with five NBA teams ahead of the draft: the Cavaliers, Bulls, Timberwolves, Grizzlies and Pistons. (Robin Buckson / Detroit News)
Michigan had one of its best draft nights in school history, with three players taken in the NBA draft Thursday.
Another starter this season, big man Jordan Morgan, wasn’t drafted, but appears to be in line to get a shot at making an NBA rsoter. Morgan, a 6-foot-8 forward, who graduated with a master’s degree in manufacturing engineering after his fifth year, said Friday morning via text message he will join the Minnesota Timberwolves‘ summer-league team.
Morgan had five workouts with five NBA teams ahead of the draft: the Cavaliers, Bulls, Timberwolves, Grizzlies and Pistons.
UM coach John Beilein was at the draft at the Barclays Center in New York on Thursday, seeing three other Wolverines — Nik Stauskas (Sacramento Kings), Mitch McGary (Oklahoma City Thunder) and Glenn Robinson III (Timberwolves) — get drafted but waited until the end of the second round to see if Morgan might go as well.
John Beilein will not leave until all of his players are drafted. pic.twitter.com/dH6WCBK1ba— Daniel Feldman (@danfeldman31) June 27, 2014
“I don’t know how long it will last, but I’ll be on all 60 picks, waiting on Jordan Morgan as well,” Beilein said Wednesday on WTKA. “If not, Jordan will get a call likely minutes after the draft is over, and I’m sure he’ll have an opportunity to play in the summer league to prove himself.”
Morgan averaged 6.4 points and 5.0 points last season, starting 27 of 37 games with the Wolverines, who reached the Elite Eight before falling to Kentucky. He shined in the NCAA Tournament, with a pair of double-doubles: 10 points and 10 rebounds against Wofford and 15 points and 10 rebounds versus Texas. He scored in double figures in all four tournament games, after notching just five double-figure games in the regular season.
In the NBA, Morgan projects to be a power forward with his ability to guard off pick-and-roll schemes.