The One Who Almost Got Away

At 6-3, Greg Morrow is a tough guy to miss.  Fortunately, Brad Campbell, Western University’s Men’s basketball coach, didn’t miss him either.

The London native wasn’t on the radar of any school, let alone Western’s. In fact, when Campbell and his coaching staff first saw Morrow play, they attended the game with their eyes set on another player.

“I remember they came to watch another player, named Clinton Springer-Williams. Our team was playing his team. So they were watching for Clinton and I played really well that game,” Morrow recalls. “So [Campbell] contacted me through my high school coach. After that, they pretty much just recruited me all throughout my high school career after Grade 11.”

The 24 year-old rewarded the persistence of Campbell and his coaching staff. It was one of many reasons that Morrow chose to attend Western.

“Being home, it definitely was important to me because growing up as a kid, I always watched Western games and remember going to the games. My dad went to Western, my mom went to Western, my older sister went to Western,” Morrow says. “I was always a fan of Western and they were really the only ones that recruited me for a long time. I didn’t get recruited by any other school until Grade 13.”

Five seasons later, Morrow is one of the best university players in the country. The fifth-year senior has collected 1,382 points , 572 rebounds, 185 assists, and 90 steals in 94 career games played.

With numbers like that, it’s hard to believe that Morrow wasn’t recruited by more schools.

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The transition from high school to Ontario University Athletics basketball didn’t come without its challenges.

“I was impressed with how good the competition and level of play was in the [Canadian Interuniversity Sport] and OUA. It was a big learning experience, just dealing with the size and physicality, all the plays, how you play certain positions, how you adapt to how other teams play,” Morrow says.

The London native has enjoyed a successful collegiate career. In the 2013-14 season, the 24-year old was named an OUA West Second Team All-Star. The following season, the fifth-year senior was named an OUA First Team All-Star. But there’s still unfinished business for Morrow.

“It’s the last year for a lot of guys on the team. We have four fifth-year seniors,” he says. “We’re just trying to win as many games as we can, leave this season with no regrets, make some memories that we won’t forget, and hopefully get to the [CIS] Final Eight. That’s always been a goal and a dream of mine.”

While Morrow’s playing days with the Mustangs are drawing to a close, it may mark the beginning of a new career. Morrow plans to go pro and believes he still has a lot to give to the game.

“I just want to try to play basketball for pretty much as long as I can. I just know that my body still has the ability to keep playing basketball and I want to do it as long as my body lets me,” Morrow says.

The London native will leave Western with many memories. A road playoff win against the Lakehead Thunderwolves and a game-winning shot against the Windsor Lancers are amongst them.

But the fifth-year senior would like to leave the school with a lasting impact.

“I just want to help build a successful program that prides itself on winning and gets the community involved,” he says.

The full interview can be heard below:

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