Mitchell believes this is “going to be a great year” for sophomore Maci Morris

Maci Morris (Larry Vaught/Verizon Photo)

Maci Morris (Larry Vaught/Verizon Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Sophomore Maci Morris had a solid freshman season, but coach Matthew Mitchell made it clear at Friday’s Media Day that he thinks she’ll be a much better all-around player this season.

“She’s really improved in all areas. That’s going to be one that I think everybody is going to go, wow. She really looks — she’s put on some muscle. She’s definitely improved in her speed agility quickness, athletic explosiveness is there, and she worked her tail off this summer and in this fall, and she is in phenomenal shape,” Mitchell said.

“She is shooting the ball at an elite level. She is a complete player right now. She’s moving great on defense. She can score at mid-range at the bucket, three. Her ball handling, really committed to her ball handling this summer.

“I just think that she’s rounding into a very complete player, and the way she’s shooting the ball is going to make her a difficult — if that continues, is going to make it difficult for to you game plan her because she’s not a shooter. She’s not just a she’s-not-a-shooter-so-we’re-going-to-take-her-out-of-it. She’s making a lot of plays in practice and in every phase of the game.”

Mitchell says he knows seniors Makayla Epps and Evelyn Akhator are the team’s most talked about players.

“Maci has practiced at as high a level as anybody and really looks good, and really excited to see her play this season. I think it’s going to be a very good one if she continues to keep her mind right and working the way that she is. I just think it’s going to be a great year for her,” Mitchell said.

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