Iowa State’s Monte Morris to Return for Senior Season

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AMES, Iowa -- Iowa State men’s basketball star Monté Morris is returning to Ames for his senior season.

The university’s Athletics Department released a statement Friday morning that the junior point gured would not enter the 2016 NBA Draft.

“After carefully considering all of my options and speaking with Coach Prohm and my family, I have decided to return to Iowa State for my senior season,” Morris said. “Ultimately, it came down to wanting to accomplish a number of things, with earning my degree and continuing my development as a basketball player my top priorities. I want to get stronger and become the best basketball player I can before becoming a professional, and I feel another year at Iowa State can help me do that.”

Monte Morris #11 of the Iowa State Cyclones drives the ball as Anthony Clemmons #5 of the Iowa Hawkeyes puts pressure on in the first half of play at Hilton Coliseum on December 10, 2015 in Ames, Iowa. Iowa State defeated Iowa 83-82. (Photo by David K Purdy/Getty Images)

Monte Morris #11 of the Iowa State Cyclones drives the ball as Anthony Clemmons #5 of the Iowa Hawkeyes puts pressure on in the first half of play at Hilton Coliseum on December 10, 2015 in Ames, Iowa. Iowa State defeated Iowa 83-82. (Photo by David K Purdy/Getty Images)

In his junior season, Morris averaged 13.9 points, 4.0 rebounds, and broke Cyclone Jeff Hornacek’s single-season assist record with 6.9 assists per game.

First-year Iowa State men’s basketball coach Steve Prohm said, “The way Monté handled this process speaks volumes about his character and maturity.” He added, “From our program’s perspective we are ecstatic. For me personally, I look forward to continuing to develop our relationship and to help him continue to grow as a player and person in his efforts to reach his ultimate goal of becoming a professional basketball player after the 2016-17 season.”

Morris had a message for the fans who have supported him, “One of the great things about playing at Iowa State is playing in front of Cyclone fans at Hilton Coliseum. I can’t wait to experience Hilton Magic again with my teammates. We will work hard this summer as we try to earn Iowa State’s sixth consecutive NCAA Tournament berth. This university and its fans have always been loyal to me and I will always be loyal to ISU.”

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