Courtney Morris, a two-time All-District 3-AAA point guard for Campbell County High School, announced Thursday that she will attend Alice Lloyd College in Kentucky this fall.
Morris averaged 12.7 points, three assists and three steals per game while leading the Lady Cougars to district regular season and tournament championships. An honors student with a 3.4 grade point average, she plans to major in nursing at Alice Lloyd.
Family, friends and coaches gathered Thursday afternoon in the CCHS library as Morris signed her letter-of-intent.
“I’ve got to work on my defense and work on being more accurate in shooting the ball,” Morris said.
“I like the small campus. Everyone up there is so friendly.”
Morris received notice from several colleges last year, including the University of Tennessee at Martin, an NCAA Division I college that Lady Vols’ basketball coaching legend Pat Summitt once played for. However, Alice Lloyd coach John Mills offered Morris after a referral by one of his players: former Claiborne County standout Ariel Nickell, a sophomore that earned conference women’s player of the year and second team NAIA All-America honors this past season.
“Good players want to play with good players,” Mills said.
“I know that a lot of other colleges were after her, as well. So we gave her a call, and she chose to come and play for Alice Lloyd.
“Our point guard spot is wide open, so she’s got an opportunity to come in and take the position and direct our team.
“Tennessee has been really good to us. Most of the year, four of our five starters were from the state of Tennessee.”
District 3-AAA coaches almost certainly will be glad to see Morris going north this fall. Lady Cougars’ skipper Ryan Browning has mixed emotions. On one hand, he is happy that his star player will be realizing a lifelong dream of playing college basketball. On the other hand, he will miss everything that Morris did for his program.
“Not many people can come in here and start four years. She came in and did that at point guard, which is maybe the most difficult position to play,” Browning said.
“She was one of the best ball handlers we’ve had since I’ve been here. She did a great job of passing the ball and getting other people involved. She doesn’t panic and doesn’t bat an eye.
“An extra benefit is that she also could be a great scorer. I think she will average more points and assists in college than she did here.”
Alice Lloyd coaches and players are counting on it.