Morris dismissed from Georgia basketball team

semerson@macon.comJuly 14, 2014 

Vanderbilt Georgia Basketball

Georgia forward Brandon Morris (31) drives past Vanderbilt forward Shelby Moats (34) during an NCAA basketball game, Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014 in Athens, Ga. (AP Photo/The Banner-Herald, David Bristow) MAGS OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT


Mark Fox's decision was swift: A day after his arrest on a felony marijuana charge, Brandon Morris was dismissed from the Georgia men's basketball team.

Morris was arrested early Sunday morning after an Athens-Clarke County police officer found marijuana in his car, along with a digital scale typically used to measure marijuana.

"This program has a strong expectation of citizenship and every one of our players understands this," Fox said in a statement released just after noon on Monday. "This expectation does not mean that mistakes will not happen. When they do I always deal with them appropriately. Brandon had a very clear understanding of our expectation. Unfortunately, I've had to dismiss him from our team.

"We've offered Brandon as much help as we can as he leaves, in hope that he can continue his career somewhere else."

Morris posted a couple tweets a couple hours later, apologizing to Fox and UGA but also stating his innocence.

"Minor setback for a major come up thanks for everyone that's in my corner and knows I'm innocent," read the first tweet. The second tweet read: "This is a public apology to Mark Fox and the university for drawing this much unnecessary attention and my teammates I love y'all be strong!"

It's a potentially big loss for Georgia, as Morris started most of his freshman and sophomore seasons. He was the third-leading scorer last season as the Bulldogs finished tied for second in the SEC. He started 25 games, averaging 25.4 minutes, 8.6 points and 3.4 rebounds per game. A 6-foot-8 forward, Morris had the ability to score inside, by slashing and on the break. He was also one of the team's most versatile defenders and an above-average rebounder.

Georgia does have depth and plenty of returning players: Senior Nemanja Djurisic is now more likely to start at small forward, in between post players Marcus Thornton and Yante Maten, and guards Charles Mann and Kenny Gaines. It could also mean a few more minutes for sophomore guard Juwan Parker.

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