Maccabi started January fourth in its group, just a victory ahead of fifth place. Five games later, it ended the month 5-0, tied for first place and for the third-most wins in the entire regular season. Morris had everything to do with that turnaround, averaging a double-double of 13 points and 11.2 rebounds while being the iron man for Maccabi. He set the tone for January by hauling down 19 rebounds in 40 minutes of a victory that broke Maccabi's tie for fourth place. He proceeded to show great versatility - 5 assists one game, 3 blocks another, 3 steals another, 54% three-point shooting - in doing what his team needed to win. The result was Maccabi soaring among the main challengers headed into the Top 16 and a very deserving Terence Morris being chosen as Euroleague Basketball's MVP for January.
Here's his Euroleague highlight reel:
East Coast Bias (one of my recommended blogs from the sidebar on your right) beat me to finding this excellent feature article about Terence Morris published in the Israeli newspaper, Haaretz. Here's an excerpt; be sure to click the link to read the full story:
Maccabi Tel Aviv would not be in a position to make a run at another Euroleague title if it weren't for Terence Morris' efforts before Zvika Sherf took over as coach. In just one short year, the 29-year-old, 2.06-meter Morris has gone from sitting on Hapoel Jerusalem's bench to being an indispensable member of Maccabi.
Morris, who earlier in his career was known for inconsistency, was a steady presence for Maccabi in its toughest times during Nikola Vujcic's lengthy absence. Seemingly week after week, Morris always came through when it was really needed, with either the big block, rebound or basket.
Morris' highlight came during the sixth week of the Euroleague campaign, when his rebound and basket with four seconds remaining gave Maccabi a 82-81 victory over Milano and its first road win of the year. Since then, Morris has been getting major minutes and has become a permanent fixture in the opening lineup.