Who is Monté Morris?
Monté Robert Morris, or simply Monté Morris, is a professional basketball player. He sports jersey no. 11 for 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|
|Date of Birth||June 27, 1995|
|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||$9 Million|
Childhood & Early Inspirations
Monté Morris was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, on June 27, 1995. He was raised in Flint, Michigan, by his mother, Latonia Morris alone.
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 in 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 in 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 stronger 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.
Monté Morris career
High school career
Morris was a four-year starter for the Beecher Buccaneers in Flint Beecher High School at 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.
He was regarded as a prodigy, an exceptional point guard, and one of the best in the USA, even as a high schooler. He 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 as well.
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. 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.
Following year, he averaged 15.3 points to earn Big 12 All-Tournament team honors. 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.
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.
“He’s done everything we’ve ever asked him to do. It’s not just on the court, the assists, the turnovers, the stats; Monte Morris is one of those guys with the complete respect of the entire locker room, the complete respect of the entire coaching staff, as well as the front office. He’s the Pied Piper. He knows everybody, and everybody loves him.”
– Michael Malone, Nuggets’ Coach
His second year in 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.
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 raked $77,250 in 2017 with Denver. He got a big raise for the following 2018/19 season after proving his worth. His reported salary for 2018/19 was $1.38 Million, and for the 2019/20 season, he was given just shy of $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 $27 Million in a 3-year deal in December 2020.
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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 seen 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.
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.
“My mom was everything. She’s still my everything. She’s still my rock. I wouldn’t be anything without her. Everything she did for me, I’m gonna give it back to her.” -Monte Morris
He has a great fashion sense and is an avid shoe collector too.
Monté Morris 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 that occurred 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.”
Monté Morris’ social media
Monté seems to have an active Instagram account where he keeps regularly posting photos of daily life and communicating with his fans and friends too.