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Stalwart forward Jaylan Morgan awarded Athlete of the Week

Jayvon Mitchum, Sports Reporter

Men’s Hawks basketball player Jaylan Morgan is leading in average points per game with 18.3 among his teammates. He is second with 7.3 rebounds per game and second with a 53 per cent field goal average.

What else?

Oh yeah, he’s tops in three-point percentage with 38.7 and 81 per cent in free throws.

For that, he was named the Humber’s male Athlete of the Week on Jan. 27.

But Morgan says he’s not done and believes what he’s accomplished is only the beginning.

“It’s cool and humbling to get acknowledged for something like this, but I’m trying to build upon that through every game I play from now on,” the fifth-year forward said.

With Humber’s season turned a troubling 0-4 start into a double-digit winning streak — 12 as of today — after defeating Mohawk 114-100, Fanshawe 93-80 and most recently Niagara 105-97, he and his team have a lot to celebrate.

Throughout the Mohawk game, Morgan had achieved a career-high of 40 points, with 15-of-17 shooting from the field (88.2 per cent). He also had six rebounds, four assists, and a block, leading to a spectacular night.

Many including the Hawks assistant coach Chad Bewley are “proud” of the hard work he put in and for the acknowledgment he “deserved.”

“He’s really hit his stride second semester,” Bewley said. “His 40-point game was one of the best individual performances I’ve ever seen in a post-secondary game.”

His teammate rookie guard Shae Phillips also believes his teammate deserves the attention people are now giving him.

“Every time I reach the gym, I see Jaylan. His work ethic speaks volumes to us, even to me,” Phillips said. “He’s definitely not scared to go into the paint when he needs to. He’s not scared to shoot when he needs to. He’s an all-out beast that can handle every position on the court when he needs to.”

With his team continuing to win, Morgan hopes to continue to work on his skills and continue the streak against Redeemer Royals on Thursday.

“Basketball is the game that I’ve been involved in since I was a kid,” Morgan said. “It’s the game that’s always going to keep me on my toes, and the game that’s always going to allow me to be the best man on the court possible.”

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