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Luke Morrison

School

U.S. Military Academy

Position
Forward
Major
Political Science

Classroom

At the United States Military Academy, the classroom is made up of three pillars to achieve leadership excellence: academic, physical and military. Morrison excels across all pillars at the Academy and is recognized by not only his teammates, but the academy’s leadership, for his accomplishments. Academically, Morrison is very involved in his political science major and meets with others in his degree to mentor them throughout the semester. He dons a German Proficiency Badge (GPB), which signifies a person is qualified in several different physical challenges to include swimming, running, handling an M9 handgun and long distance rucking.

Militarily, he has had experience in many leadership development courses including “Officership” through which he learned what it means to be an officer and the work ethic and moral ethics it takes to succeed in leading a platoon on the battlefield. This past summer Morrison served as a platoon leader, where he was directly in charge of the training for 43 sophomores and five juniors for a six-week period. This included military training, physical training and disciplining his subordinates properly.

Lastly, Morrison spent three weeks in Barcelona studying at an international business school.

Character

From Head Coach Jimmy Allen: “Luke Morrison has been a consistent contributor on the court since the beginning of his plebe (rookie) year. First and foremost he has been an exemplary cadet who has evolved into a terrific leader. He has been able to focus on making everyone around him better by putting them before himself and caring about their success more than his own as true servant leader. Luke has been a member of the FCA on campus and a very instrumental in organizing events and meetings for players in our program. While excelling on the court throughout his time at West Point he has also had great success in the classroom as well.”

Community

Cadets partake in many events that involve the community and exemplify selfless service. Morrison assists in the Special Olympics meet that is hosted at West Point each year at which he helps organizes the heats for the track and field events to get the kids organized and ready to compete. Also each year, the Army basketball team, headed by Morrison, travel to the local food bank to donate time and help the organization compile and organize food.

Morrison is also an active participant in the Academy’s Fellowship of Christian Athletes program. He is currently the co-Commander-In-Chief, which is equivalent to the president. In the West Point Community, Morrison and the team are part of the “Adopt a Highway” program in Highland Falls where they clean up trash along the roadside each year.

Competition

Last season, Morrison saw action in 30 of Army’s 32 games, missing two due to injury. He averaged 8.9 points, 4.6 rebounds and 0.6 assists per game. The Charlotte, N.C., native went 96-for-240 (.400) from the floor and 70-for-193 (team-high) (.363) from long range. Morrison was second on the team in defensive rebounds with 114, while finishing third in overall rebounds (139) and blocks (8). He closed out the year third in the Patriot League with 2.3 3-point field goals made per game. Morrison posted 14 double-digit scoring nights on the year, with a career-best 19 points coming against Central Arkansas and Boston University. He pulled down a career-high 10 rebounds (all on defensive glass) to earn his first career double-double (12 points) in Army’s Patriot League opener vs. Lehigh. He also garnered a six-game double-figure scoring streak from Jan. 8-25.