They’ve been inseparable their entire lives up until now. And that, according to Marcus Morris, is what might finally help both him and his twin brother, Markieff, show off their individual skill sets.
Markieff worked out for the Washington Wizards last Thursday, and Marcus had his audition Tuesday. The 6-foot-9 forwards from Kansas are each potential picks when the Wizards select 18th overall in the first round of the June 23 NBA Draft.
They played together in high school in Philadelphia. Then, they both went to Kansas, where they started together as juniors. Marcus acknowledged after his workout Tuesday that seldom are he and his brother looked at independent of one another.
That, he said, has hurt their development. People often look at them as the same player, which they’re not.
“We’re two totally different type of guys,” Marcus said. “He’s a power forward. I can play the four or the three.
Last season might have been their best chance to help make names for themselves. While Markieff furthered his game as a bruising power forward – he led the Big 12 in field-goal percentage – Marcus showed a more versatile game, likening his skills to those of New York Knicks all-star Carmelo Anthony. He averaged 17.2 points and 7.6 rebounds, while showing some perimeter potential, and was named Big 12 Player of the Year.
“I just want to be one of those guys with bad matchups,” for opponents, Marcus said. “I’m a little quicker. He’s stronger.”
Their quest for uniqueness, however, doesn’t mean the Morris brothers don’t want to share the court again. In fact, Marcus said he hopes that day comes again.
“We talk about it all the time,” Marcus said. “It might be for the best [to be apart now]. But down the road, we might get back together. It’s not a goal, but a dream.”