ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan men's basketball program received today (Wednesday, Nov. 9) National Letters of Intent from two student-athletes on the first day of the early signing period: DeShawn Sims, a 6-8 forward from Detroit, Mich., and K'len Morris, a 6-4 wing from Grand Blanc, Mich.
"We are extremely excited that these two young men will be a part of the Michigan basketball program," said U-M coach Tommy Amaker
. "Both players are versatile with outstanding athletic ability and commitment to academics. We think they will have a very promising future here at Michigan."
Sims, who is a candidate for the 2005 Michigan's Hal Schram Mr. Basketball Award, has averaged 14.8 points, 8.8 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game over the last three seasons at Pershing High School in Detroit. Sims was a 2005 Detroit News Dream Team and Associated Press and Detroit Free Press Class A All-State selection as a junior. He was also a Detroit News and Detroit Free Press All-Detroit and All-Metro first team selection.
Morris, who is also a candidate for the 2005 Michigan's Hal Schram Mr. Basketball Award, has averaged 12.9 points, 6.7 rebounds and 4.8 assists in his high school career. As a junior, Morris led Grand Blanc to its first regional game win since 1959 in the state playoffs and was an Associated Press and Detroit News Class A All-State selection after he scored 15-plus points in 18 of 25 games. He has also been an All-Big Nine Conference first team selection in 2005 and a third team selection in 2004.
Both Sims and Morris will tip off their senior seasons this November.
The Wolverines are expected to lose up to seven players from their 2005-06 roster, as Amadou Ba, Graham Brown, Hayes Grooms, Sherrod Harrell, Daniel Horton, Chris Hunter and Troy Sanchez are expected to conclude their Michigan careers this season. After shoulder surgery during the 2004-05 season, senior Lester Abram has been granted an additional year of eligibility following a medical redshirt.
Forward, 6-8, 220, Detroit, Mich. (Pershing High School)
Honors and Awards:
Associated Press Class A, All-State (2005)
Detroit News Dream Team (2005)
Detroit Free Press Class A All-State, first team (2005)
Detroit News All-Metro, first team (2005)
Detroit News All-Detroit, first team (2005)
Detroit News All-Detroit, honorable mention (2004)
Detroit Free Press All-Metro, first team (2005)
Detroit Free Press All-Detroit, first team (2005)
Detroit Free Press All-Detroit, honorable mention (2004)
For three-year high school career: averaging 14.8 points, 8.8 rebounds, 2.0 blocks
Coached by A.W. Canada
As a junior (2005), averaged 21.4 points, 11.0 rebounds and 3.0 blocks
Led Pershing to 21-4 record, started all 25 games
Led Pershing to PSL East Division title
Lost to Romulus in the Class A quarterfinal, 82-68, had 21 points and 14 rebounds
Lost to Detroit Redford in PSL championship game, 56-47, had 15 points and six rebounds
As a sophomore (2004), averaged 13.0 points, 8.0 rebounds and 1.5 blocks
Led Pershing to 9-12 record, started all 21 games
Lost to Detroit Redford in regional, 69-43, had 13 points
As a freshman (2003), averaged 10.0 points, 7.5 rebounds and 1.5 blocks
Wing, 6-4, 185, Grand Blanc, Mich. (Grand Blanc High School)
Honors and Awards:
Associated Press Class A All-State (2005)
Detroit News Class A All-State, first team (2005)
Detroit Free Press Class A All-State, third team (2005)
All-Big Nine Conference, first team (2005)
All-Big Nine Conference, third team (2004)
Detroit Free Press All-Metro, honorable mention (2003)
Detroit Free Press All-West, honorable mention (2003
For three-year high school career: averaging 12.9 points, 6.7 rebounds and 4.8 assists
Coached by Matt Shanafelt (2004 to present) at Grand Blanc HS
Coached by Brett Steele (2003) at Redford Union HS
As a junior (2005), averaged 14.9 points, 6.9 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 2.5 steals
Led Grand Blanc to 23-2 record
Lost to Clarkston in regional championship game, 50-47, had eight points and 10 rebounds
Led Grand Blanc to first regional championship game since 1953
Defeated Clinton Township Chippewa Valley in regional, 82-53, had 20 points
First school win in a regional game since 1959
Three double-doubles on the season
Scored 15-plus points in 18 of 25 games.
As a sophomore (2004), averaged 14.0 points, 9.0 rebounds, 5.0 assists, 3.0 steals and 2.0 blocks
Transferred to Grand Blanc High School
Led Grand Blanc to 19-4 record
As a freshman (2003), averaged 10.0 points, 4.3 rebounds and 6.3 assists
Played at Redford Union
Contact: Tom Wywrot (734) 763-4423