Positive Culture Lured Top Prospect Casey Morsell To Virginia

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Rivals.com and 247Sports rank Morsell as a 4-star prospect. ~ Photo seen on PrepHoops.com, Zagsblog and 247Sports.

One week removed from announcing his verbal commitment to the University of Virginia, the thrill of making his college choice remains for St. John’s (Washington, D.C.) guard Casey Morsell.

“It’s definitely an exciting feeling,” said Morsell, a 6’2”, 175-pound junior who is rated among the top 100 players in his class by Rivals.com and 247Sports.com.

AAU season gets underway later this month, and Morsell will once again play for Team Takeover on the Nike EYBL circuit. At the time of his April 4th commitment to Virginia, the talented shooting guard boasted scholarship offers from Florida, Georgetown, Maryland, Oklahoma State, Penn State and Virginia Tech, among others. A successful final AAU season could’ve resulted in more interest in the 2018 All-WCAC First Team selection. However, Morsell had already found what he wanted in Charlottesville.

“I just see myself playing at UVA,” he said. “It’s a great education, high-level basketball, and Virginia has who I think is the best coach in the country.”

Virginia head coach Tony Bennett offered Morsell a scholarship on September 9, 2017. The D.C. native was in Charlottesville at the time on an unofficial visit, during which he began to learn about the culture of the Virginia men’s basketball program.

UVA’s recent success under Coach Bennett factored some into Morsell’s commitment. The culture cultivated under Bennett played a much larger role, however.

“They’ve always been successful, but I got to see behind

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