LAWRENCE KS - DECEMBER 18: Marcus Morris #22 and Markieff Morris #21 of the Kansas Jayhawks talk during the game against the USC Trojans on December 18 2010 at Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence Kansas. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
The inevitable seems to have come to its conclusion Thursday afternoon as the Morris twins have announced that they will forgo their senior seasons and enter the NBA draft following a pair of great junior campaigns.
"This was one of the most difficult decisions we have ever made. Our three years at KU have been great - the fans, Allen Fieldhouse, the games but most importantly the coaches and my teammates. We accomplished a lot together and learned even more with our coaching staff."
"The support the fans showed us can never be matched, we appreciate everything they did for us while we were here. When we say F.O.E. we are saying Family Over Everything and that includes the Jayhawk Nation."
The announcement comes on the heels of yesterdays news that Thomas Robinson and Tyshawn Taylor would remain at Kansas and now Bill Self and the Jayhawks are awaiting word on just one more, Josh Selby. For the twins their time at Kansas will be remembered for the tremendous amount of growth and development that the two Philadelphia natives were able to show. And without question Bill Self is in full support and believes that the time to capitalize on that potential and development is now.
"I am proud of Marcus and Markieff for the development and improvement they made, not only off the court, but on the court in their three years here. They have been an absolute joy to coach and performed at a level to give them the opportunity to leave and enter the NBA draft after three years. We not only wish them the best moving forward but also 100 percent support this decision for them to enter."
One of the most refreshing things about Kansas as a program is that it does deal with one and dones as do many top programs, but it also often feels like Bill Self and his players are on the same page when it comes to these things.
Without the twins Thomas Robinson and Tyshawn Taylor will be two of the frontrunners for leadership in 2011 and players like Elijah Johnson, Jeff Withey, Travis Releford and Josh Selby should he stay, will now have every opportunity to step up and be next in line for Kansas.
H/T to niowaKUfan and fizzle406 for breaking the news here at RCT