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Matt Morgan

School

Cornell University

Position
Guard
Major
Hotel Administration

Classroom

Matt Morgan has taken a rigorous course load in Cornell’s prestigious school of hotel administration, widely regarded as the top-ranked school of its kind in the nation. He is on track to graduate this spring.

Character

A two-year captain, Morgan has twice declared early for the NBA Draft as an underclassman—a first for an Ivy Leaguer—but both times with solid commitments to his coaches and teammates that he would return to chase a conference title. He has represented Cornell as the face of the basketball program for three years while never missing an opportunity to promote the program. His media requests have numbered in the hundreds since his arrival on campus, and he’s never denied a single one.

Community

Morgan has been involved in a number of team-driven community service projects, but more importantly is widely known as one of the top student-athlete supporters of teams outside of of his own sport and is often spotted cheering for his classmates. He never leaves an autograph request unsigned from fans, who have now taken to also approach him at road games.

Competition

Morgan was a first-team All-Ivy League selection and a Lou Henson All-America selection in 2018 after leading the Ivy League in scoring for a third straight season. The nation’s11th-leading scorer as a junior, Morgan averaged 22.5 points, 4.6 rebounds and 3.2 assists in guiding Cornell to its first-ever bid to the Ivy League Men’s Basketball Tournament. Once there, he earned all-tournament honors. Already No. 3 on the school’s career scoring list, he is on pace to set the school record and reach No. 2 on the conference’s all-time list.

Morgan has set Ivy League and Cornell single-season freshman scoring records and has the Big Red overall single-season mark. He earned second-team All-League accolades as both a freshman and sophomore. He is a five-time Ivy League Player of the Week and captured Rookie of the Week accolades five times. Morgan has facility records for points (34) and 3-pointers made in a game (7) at Cornell’s Newman Arena. He has done so in an efficient matter, ranking among the Ivy League leaders in field goal, 3-point and free-throw percentage.