Athlete Spotlight: Travis High’s Morris Udeze
By Michael Sudhalter
Travis High junior center Morris Udeze has successfully made the jump to the varsity level, from JV, this season.
“It’s been good – it’s a huge jump,” said Udeze, who wears the No. 34 jersey for the defending 6A-23 Champion Tigers. “It’s more intense than JV. The game is faster, and you have to think quicker.”
Udeze is a key contributor for the Tigers (21-4, 8-1), who visit Alief Elsik at 7 p.m. Tuesday.
He has a great deal of potential for the future. Udeze, who turned 16 last month, is 6-foot-8 and has only played organized basketball since his eighth grade year at Hodges Bend Middle School.
Udeze scored six points in the Tigers’ 68-58 loss to Hightower on Jan. 19. Travis and Hightower entered the week tied atop the 6A-23 standings, having split their two games. Travis won at Hightower, 71-69, on Dec. 8.
What do you enjoy about playing for Travis?
“The vibe and the energy. We’re like a family. It’s a good tradition with the Harrison Twins (Aaron and Andrew, who won a state title at Travis three years ago, then led Kentucky to two Final Four appearances and now play professionally) and Hakeem Butler (a basketball/football star who’s playing football at Iowa State).”
How did you decide to play basketball?
“I was encouraged by my older brothers.”
Can Travis bounce back from the Jan. 19 loss to Hightower?
“We can bounce back, play harder and execute better.”
Have any colleges expressed interest yet?
“Yes, Lamar University and Louisiana Tech.”
Do you play AAU basketball?
“Yes, I play for the Houston Defenders.”
Who are some of your favorite basketball players?
“Hakeem Olajuwon, Karl Malone, Jahlil Okafor and Karl Anthony Towns.