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Butler Transfer Fills Last Spot
HARRISONBURG — The James Madison men’s basketball program has opted to go the transfer route in filling its final available scholarship for the upcoming 2014-15 season.
Former Butler guard Devontae Morgan, a rising junior who was granted his release from the program in March, announced Thursday via his Twitter account (@DevontaeM813) that he has committed to join the Dukes.
Due to NCAA transfer rules, Morgan will have to sit out his first season at JMU but will be eligible to practice with the team.
The 6-foot-3, 176-pounder was rated as a two-star recruit by Rivals.com coming out of Tampa Preparatory High School, where he was named Florida’s 3A State Player of the Year as a senior.
However, Morgan played sparingly in his two seasons at Butler, appearing in 32 games for his career while scoring just 39 points in a total of 143 minutes of court time.
The Indianapolis Star reported in March that Morgan’s departure from the Bulldogs’ program was no surprise. Known for his defensive skills, Morgan sat out 17 games as a sophomore and appeared in only five of Butler’s league games.
He was also one of three Bulldogs’ players to be suspended one game for a violation of team rules during the Old Spice Classic in Orlando over Thanksgiving weekend.
Morgan’s commitment fills the fifth and final spot in Madison’s 2014-15 recruiting class. Incoming freshmen Hari Hall, a 6-7, 210-pound forward from Jean-Ribault High School in Jacksonville, Florida, and Dante Sterling, a 6-5, 175-pound wing from Fayette County High School in Fayetteville, Georgia, gave their commitments to the program in the fall.
Three more scholarships opened up this offseason when sophomore starters Charles Cooke – who has since committed to Dayton – and Taylor Bessick were granted their releases from JMU along with seldom-used freshman forward Tom Rivard. Madison coach Matt Brady filled those openings with Morgan, Cincinnati State junior-college transfer guard Winston Grays and High Point (N.C.) Christian Academy point guard Joey McLean.
Grays is eligible to play immediately, as is McLean.