Baltimore- A pair of Pennsylvania natives, forward Malik Garner and guard Aaron Morgan, have signed national letters-of-intent to attend UMBC, head coach Randy Monroe announced today.
Garner is a 6'5", 195-lb. small forward who hails from Philadelphia and attends Chestnut Hill Academy. He was the Blue Devils' leading scorer in both his sophomore and junior seasons and earned All-Conference honors each season. In 2009-10, Chestnut Hill was unbeaten, earned the Philadelphia Inter- Academic league title and Garner received second team all-league recognition. Last season, he was elevated to the first team, with a scoring average of 13.5 ppg and a rebounding mark of 8.2 per contest.
"We are very happy to have Malik Garner in our program," Monroe said. "He is a good athlete who hates to lose. "He could wind up as the third all-time leading scorer in Chestnut Hill history and we are looking forward to having him as a Retriever next season."
The 6'0", 165-lb. Morgan is a combo-guard, who earned second team honors on the Pennsylvania All-State Class AAAA squad for Council Rock North. The Washington, Pa. native earned First-Team All- Suburban One National Conference honors in both his sophomore and junior seasons, leading the Indians to a 62-19 record during that time. Last season, he led Council Rock to a school-record 27-3 record and appearances in the District One finals and PIAA state tournament quarterfinals.
Morgan averaged 14.6, 3.0 assists and 2.0 steals per game last season and has amassed 803 points In his tenure. He was awarded the Little Big Man trophy for his play in the 2011 Bucks County Donofrio Classic All-Star Classic when he scored 23 points and added six steals in the championship game.
"Aaron is a talented guard who can play the one or the two and brings Jason Greene-like tenacity," Monroe said. "He can score, can shoot from distance and is a player that will never give up."
"Malik and Aaron give us a nice one-two punch," Monroe said. "I feel that they will can be successful at UMBC next year."