Nate Morris was a three-star recruit coming out of Lancaster, Texas in 2016.
Nate Morris was a three-star recruit coming out of Lancaster, Texas in 2016.

Jason Brown and the ICC football team isn't the only program on campus bringing in big names from big schools to take their program to the next level.

The basketball team is starting to make waves too. They have several Division I players looking at the program with the possibility of making the move next year and they already have one young man on campus that made the move from the SEC.

Nate Morris was a three-star recruit coming out of Lancaster, Texas in 2016. He was a McDonald's All-American nominee along with earning all-district, all-region and all-state honors as a senior in high school. 

He won two state titles as a member of Lancaster High School as his team rose all the way up to the No. 9 national ranking in his final year with the program. He averaged 10 points, nine rebounds and four assists as a senior.

He signed to play basketball with the Pirates January 26. 

"It's a real nice situation," Morris said after ICC's win over Colby Saturday night. "I know there are people here that care about me."

Morris played under ICC assistant coach Chad Bowers with the Dallas Mustangs when he was in high school.

The Mustangs have produced other Ole Miss players like Marshall Henderson who made a splash several years ago in the SEC and the NCAA Tournament.

But like Henderson Morris had a few problems at Ole Miss as well. He was suspended during the season for violation of team rules and eventually was dismissed from the team January 13.

But now that he's in Independence he is in line for a fresh start and looking forward to giving the Pirates a big forward that they really need down the road.

"I think the team's going in a good direction," the freshman transfer said. "This is my first game, it's actually the first time I've seen everybody play together and just seeing how they play and getting the feel of it, I feel that the program has a lot of potential."

As a freshman at Ole Miss Morris played in seven games and averaged a little more than five minutes a game grabbing one rebound per game in the process.

The Texan stands at 6-foot-9 weighing in at more than 240 pounds. He had offers from Ole Miss, Creighton, South Florida and Texas A&M out of high school.

He cannot play a game at ICC until the start of the 2017-18 season in November.