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Iowa City West basketball player Jeremy Morgan has started to experience the effects of recruiting.

The recruiting trail has met up with Morgan, as the senior-to-be has received three scholarship offers within the last two weeks. This is coming off of the beginning of AAU season, which runs from spring and then throughout the summer. Morgan is a member of the Iowa Barnstormers squad, which also has fellow West teammate Dondre Alexander.

Morgan has heard from a bevvy of Division-I schools — including Iowa and Wisconsin, most notably — and has current offers from nearby Northern Iowa, Rice, and Weber State.

It will be interesting to see what other programs decide to reach out to the 6-6 Morgan, who helped lead the Trojans to a Class 4A state championship this past winter. The assumption is that more recruiting activity will pick up as the summer moves along.

Morgan, who has mostly played forward at West, is on record saying he envisions himself as a guard at the collegiate level.

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(West’s Dondre Alexander — Photo credit to The [Cedar Rapids] Gazette)

During West’s state title run, especially in boys and girls basketball, athletes and even some students went to social media sites to show their support and then ultimately revel in victory.

Dondre Alexander and Jeremy Morgan — the dynamic duo of the boys’ hoops squad — were perhaps the most proactive out of any players. They both took to Twitter to share their excitement and behind-the-scenes commentary during that memorable run.

Some of the girls team did as well, including senior Mackenzie Piper.

Using Storify, here is a link to some of the Tweets that were published before, during, and after the state tournament stretches.

The Iowa City West boys basketball team is fresh off a state championship.

They have a coach who’s been in his position for two-plus decades. They have two Division-I recruits that heading into their senior seasons.

Really, nearly every key player from the state title winning team is returning for the 2012-13 season. So the Trojans will likely have high hopes going into their defense of the state championship, but they’ll have plenty of experience.

Jake Gylten is the only senior in this past seasons’s starting lineup, meaning four starters will be back.

Those players include Dondre Alexander and Jeremy Morgan, both of whom will be sought after beginning this summer for both collegiate football and basketball. Alexander has been the go-to player for the last two years, but Morgan is right there with his teammate.

Morgan, the son of former Iowa Hawkeye Michael Morgan, might have the highest ceiling out of any prep player in the area. The 6-6 prospect can also play multiple positions.

Rounding out the all-star trio is Wyatt Lohaus, who will be a junior. Lohaus is the son of former Hawkeye Brad Lohaus and has a bright future. Lohaus average 12 points this past seasons as a sophomore and will likely have an increased role next season for West.

 

Tonight’s boys basketball profile is on Jeremy Morgan, who is a junior at Iowa City West.

The Trojans are 22-0 this season and Morgan is in his second year with a prominent role on the team. He is the son of former Hawkeye basketball player Michael Morgan. The youngest Morgan is currently averaging 15.3 points per game.

Morgan is already being recruited by a few Division-I programs for both football and basketball, but it would seem he has more upside in basketball. The 6-4 small forward has already received increased interest from Iowa and is expected to get a bevy of offers starting this spring and summer.

Other schools showing moderate interest are Northern Iowa, Iowa State, Wisconsin, Nebraska, and Missouri.

However, keep an eye on Iowa. Head coach Fran McCaffery has shown he can out-recruit the likes of Minnesota’s Tubby Smith and Wisconsin’s Bo Ryan, so there’s no reason to think McCaffery couldn’t get the son of a former player.

Morgan tends to be a force on the inside at times — after all, prep basketball doesn’t feature many players over 6-3 — but has also shown he can hit the 12-foot jump shots and the occasional shot from beyond the arc.

For now, Morgan will just have to keep mastering the likes of high school basketball, but he appears to have a bright future.