Who is Monté Morris?
Monté Robert Morris, or simply Monté Morris, is a professional basketball player. He sports jersey no. 11 for the NBA team Denver Nuggets.
He’s often considered one of the best players in the guard position. He made a name for himself with his efficient passing, leading the country in assist-to-turnover ratio as a freshman and sophomore.
|Full Name||Monté Robert Morris|
|As Known As||Monté Morris|
|Birthday||June 27, 1995|
|Age||28 years old|
|Birthplace||Grand Rapids, Michigan|
|Height||1.88m (6 feet 2 inches)|
|Weight||83 kg (183 lbs)|
|Team||Denver Nuggets (2017 – present)|
|Active Years||2012 – present|
|Net Worth||USD 9 Million|
Childhood & Early Inspirations of Monté Morris
Monté Morris was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, on June 27, 1995. He was raised in Flint, Michigan, by his mother, Latonia Morris.
His father, whose name is unknown, passed away from a heart attack when he was a child. Besides that, not much else is known about his dad.
He wanted to play basketball like his mother, a coach on the junior varsity basketball team at Beecher High School in Flint, Michigan. She used to watch him dribble an imaginary ball as a child.
Before he became a 6 feet 2 inches man, we know that he was the tiniest kid on his team during middle school. His mom even gave him the nickname “little man-man” after seeing him fail to get the ball up to the basket. She still remembers his attempt to execute a left-handed layup when he was just four.
His small size wasn’t to be seen as a sign of his weakness, though. In fact, he was much smaller than his fellow teammates in school simply because he played with the big boys.
His skills were hard to ignore when he gave exceptional performances against high schoolers while he was merely a seventh-grader. It didn’t take long for his coaches and his mother to realize they might be raising a future star.
His opponents were much faster and more robust than him, so he had to find different ways to protect the ball. Being the little genius he was, he quickly learned what passes not to make by watching his opponents shoot the gaps and steal the ball. These experiences stayed with him.
Personality and Traits
Morris had his fair share of troubles growing up as the only child of a single mother. Owing to that, he shows great sympathy and compassion to youths that struggle with similar problems. He is seen as an inspiration and a role model for African-American teens.
He has always given great credit to his mother.
He has a great fashion sense and is an avid shoe collector too.
Monté Morris career
High school career
Morris was a four-year starter for the Beecher Buccaneers in Flint Beecher High School in his hometown in Michigan. He led the Buccaneers in all four seasons, earning them back-to-back Class C Michigan state titles in 2012 and 2013.
Morris is regarded as a prodigy, an exceptional point guard, and one of the best in the USA, even as a high schooler and was ranked in the Top 100 players in 2013.
He led Flint Beecher to four semi-finals and won back-to-back Class C Michigan state titles in 2012 and 2013. Morris averaged 18.1 points, 6.6 assists, and 5.9 rebounds as a sophomore in 2011 to earn his first Class C state player of the year award, which was his first of three.
Morris also won Michigan’s Mr. Basketball award in 2013 and the all-state selection three times.
It is to be noted that despite his excellent performance, he wasn’t so easily sought-after by Michigan State. So he instead turned his attention to the state of Iowa.
Leaving Michigan: College Career
Morris went on to play for Iowa State Cyclones following his successful high school career. However, the transition to a different state’s college wasn’t easy for him.
A much bigger DeAndre Kane would often bump into him & elbow him, calling him a rookie. Morris answered these taunts by using his brain during games and becoming a first-choice player for the team.
In his first year at Iowa, he broke the NCAA record and led the nation with a 4.79 assist-to-turnover ratio. He even scored the third-highest assists by anyone in Cyclones’ history with 162 assists.
He averaged 15.3 points to earn Big 12 All-Tournament team honors the following year. Cyclones won the Big 12 Championship yet again, thanks to him.
In his junior year at college, he was named one of 10 finalists for the Bob Cousy Point Guard of the Year Award. He earned his 1,000th career point this year too.
His senior year in college saw him set the school records of 51 career assists in the NCAA Tournament and 9 NCAA games played, of which he won 5. He also got his career-best – 575 points this year, totaling 1708 points in his college career.
Monté Morris Professional Career
Morris was selected during the second draft in 2017 to play for Denver Nuggets 2017.
Following the summer league, he signed a contract with the Nuggets; under the terms of the agreement, he could split his time between the Nuggets and a G League team, which was perfect for his career growth. The agreement was honored by Nuggets.
In October of 2017, he was traded to Rio Grande Valley Vipers to play in the NBA G League as he had wanted. Following the trade, Morris made his NBA debut on December 12, 2017, against the Detroit Pistons.
His second year on the team had left some room for doubts, but he cleared all of it with his first year’s experience.
He is a developing player with great potential at 25 years of age. While he is developing, he may be facing a challenge for how many minutes he gets off the bench after the Nuggets’ new addition to the team in the form of fellow point guard Facundo Campazzo.
Monté Morris Representing Nigeria in the Olympics
The point guard expressed interest in playing for the Nigerian national team as a naturalized player in the Olympics. The reports of him playing for the African nation at the Olympics were confirmed by official social media accounts of the Nigeria Basketball Federation and the Nuggets.
The process is still far from being completed and might even fall apart. While he does want to play for Nigeria, there are still technicalities that may prevent it from happening.
What is Monté Morris’s net worth?
Monté Morris made USD 77,250 in 2017 with Denver. After proving his worth, he got a big raise for the following 2018/19 season. His reported salary for 2018/19 was USD 1.38 Million, and for the 2019/20 season, he was given just shy of USD 1.6 Million.
Denver Nuggets have shown great interest in keeping him for the future. This is evident, seeing as they offered him a contract worth USD 27 Million in a 3-year deal in December 2020.
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Relationship and Dating History
Unlike his steady career, he doesn’t seem to go as smoothly when it comes to dating. In 2018, Morris dated 34 years old model Amber Rose, also the ex-wife of singer Wiz Khalifa.
Morris was then dating Chania Ray. They were spotted together in Denver in January 2019 during a weekend. They have since broken up.
In the early 2020s, he was seen commenting and tossing compliments towards Shaquille O’Neal’s ex-girlfriend, Hoopz Alexander, on her Instagram profile. Fans speculated he was shooting his shot at her, but in the end, nothing came out of that.
As of today, he is still single.
charity and influence
Morris believes in giving back to society. Currently, he is involved in charitable plans alongside Los Angeles Lakers star Kyle Kuzma.
He raised awareness about the COVID-19 pandemic and criticized the racial and social injustice in 2020 with George Floyd and Breonna Taylor’s deaths. He also worked to lower violence in his hometown of Flint.
Morris prides himself on being a role model and an inspiration to younger generations.
He’s stated to be a leader on and off the court by his teammates. While he’s not the team leader yet, he certainly has what it takes to be one.
Monte is noted for his emotional intelligence by his coaches, even going as far as saying,
“If you don’t like Monte, you just don’t like people. It’s just that simple, really.”
Social Media Presence
Monté Morris has an active Instagram account (biggametae) where he keeps regularly posting photos of daily life and communicates with his fans and friends.