Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Terence Morris Signs with CSKA Moscow

Terence MorrisTerence Morris (1997-2001), fresh off leading Maccabi Tel Aviv to the Euroleague Finals and being named as an All-Euroleague First Team selection, has signed a new deal with the team that beat Maccabi in the Euroleague Finals, CSKA Moscow. The Euroleague press release said this about Terence:
Morris had a stellar debut season in the Euroleague with Maccabi, quickly going from a role player to dominant force on the team. He averaged 12.4 points, 8.3 rebounds and 1.8 blocks in 25 Euroleague games, leading the competition in blocks and finishing second in rebounding. He was a truly efficient player, making 60.8% of his two-point shots and 49.2% from downtown. Morris dominated during a 10-game span at the end of the regular season and into the Top 16, when he recorded 14.2 points, 11 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game. He was named Euroleague Basketball MVP for the moth of January for his efforts and in addition to being an All-Euroleague First Team selection, finished as runner-up in the voting for the Best Defender Trophy. [...]

"A player of Morris's caliber, just could not avoid the area of CSKA interest," CSKA CEO Andrei Vatutin said of the signings. "Last season demonstrated how valuable he is as a player, and we could see it during Final Four in Madrid… It is not so easy to earn All-Euroleague Team selection. I am very happy that CSKA managed to win the battle for this player against the biggest European clubs. It is very important that Terence gladly responded to CSKA’s proposal and is ready to meet our requirements."

CSKA trumpeted their signing in a press release, while local Israeli papers like the Jerusalem Post and Ha'aretz lamented losing one of their stars.

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