Reserve, LA (New Hampton School)
Turner-Morris was the most highly touted recruit for the Minuteman this offseason. The 3 star prospect held offers from Eastern Tennessee State, Kennesaw State and conference foes St. Bonaventure as well as St. Louis showed interest before he ultimately decided on UMass. The Louisiana native finished his high school career with a postgraduate year at New Hampton, a program that has turned out bigs such as Noah Vonleh (Portland Trail Blazers), Zach Auguste (Notre Dame) and Tyler Lydon (Syracuse) in recent years. Playing in the NEPSAC Class AAA, New Hampton matches up against the best high school talent in the Northeast and perhaps the country. Additionally, this signing adds to UMass’ recent success recruiting from the Bayou state with last years combo of Dejon Jarreau and Brison Gresham.
High School Highlights:
Unlike many freshman, Turner-Morris arrived in Amherst physically prepared and ready to compete. A natural power forward, he is a bit undersized for the center position but his strength on the block will allow Umass to use him in different scenario’s. The front court for the Minutemen is experienced and Turner Morris has three players in Chris Baldwin, Malik Hines and Rashaan Holloway that he is able to practice with and learn from on an everyday basis. There is certainly depth at the forward position, but Turner Morris will provide valuable minutes off the bench in his first season, focusing on primarily consistent rebounding and hard-nosed interior defense. He will not be counted on as a primary scorer as a freshman, but he appears to have a soft touch around the basket. In high school, Turner-Morris was able to dominate over smaller defenders, so it will be interesting to see how he develops his post moves and mid range game in the future.
Role/Attributes: Backup Forward, Physical build, Interior presence
Quote: Turner-Morris on fellow big man Rashaan Holoway
“Having Rashaan has been a great experience because he’s one of the top big men in the league. He’s a great competitor. He’s very quick on his feet,”…“He’s physically stronger than me. It’s great practice because there’s nobody in this league that’s as strong as him.
Quote from Daily Hampshire Gazette article http://www.gazettenet.com/Freshmen-Pierre-Turner-Morris-eager-to-contribute-for-UMass-13017080 by Matt Vantour