On Morris: Joined the team as a walk-on in the fall of 2016 ... Has two years of collegiate eligibility remaining ... Previously played baseball at Manhattan ... Comes from a family with strong ties to college sports ... Father was a BIG EAST pole vault champion for the Wildcats and older brother played baseball at Villanova ... Will work to continue his progress as a track & field athlete during the coming year.
2017 Outdoor: Did not compete at any meets.
2016-17 Indoor: Competed as an unattached runner in the 60 meters at the Jack Pyrah Invitational, where he tied for 14th place in the 60 meters with a time of 7.51.
Manhattan: Spent his sophomore year at Manhattan in 2015-16, where he played baseball and was a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) ... Appeared in two games during the baseball season and went 1-for-5 with a triple, run scored and run batted in ... His triple contributed to the school and MAAC conference record total of 19 which the Jaspers had that season ... Also recorded three putouts in the field in his only three chances ... Played for the Bristol Blues in the Futures Collegiate Baseball League in the summer of 2016 and appeared on SportsCenter for a diving catch he made in right field (Link) ... Helped to organize an athlete-hosted fundraiser through the St. Baldrick's Foundation to raise money for pediatric cancer research.
Arizona: Spent his freshman year at Arizona in 2014-15, where he was part of the final recruiting class under longtime head coach Andy Lopez.
Xavier High School: Earned four varsity letters in baseball as a center fielder, as well as one letter each in basketball as a small forward and football as a wide receiver.
Club Baseball: Played for Brooklyn's Youth Service League on teams that advanced to the 15U Ken Griffey, Jr. AABC World Series in Owasso, Okla. and the 16U PONY Super Regional in Greensboro, N.C.
Personal: Born 4/25/96 in Brooklyn, N.Y. ... Youngest of three children of Michael and Jeanne Morris ... Has an older sister, Julia (27), and an older brother, Daniel (24) ... Father competed for the Villanova track & field team from 1977-81 and was the BIG EAST outdoor champion in the pole vault in 1981 in the Wildcats inaugural year in the conference ... He was a member of the final Villanova team coached by Jumbo Elliott and is still ranked on the program's all-time top-10 list in the pole vault ... Has four other family members who competed in the pole vault at the collegiate level, including cousins Bryan (2012-16) and Connor (2016-present) at New Hampshire and his uncle Kenneth at Delaware (1977-81) and Ken at South Alabama (1995-99) ... Older brother, Daniel, played college baseball at Villanova his freshman year in 2012 and his final three collegiate seasons at Cornell ... Appeared in 13 games for the Wildcats during his freshman season ... Hobbies include boxing and going to the beach ... Is a fan of the New York Mets ... Transferred to Villanova prior to the Fall 2016 semester to study theology and begin running track & field, noting the opportunities each offered to be a part of something special ... Theology major and Sociology minor.