Nov. 13, 2013
NEW ORLEANS - Tulane head women's basketball coach Lisa Stockton added some firepower for the 2014-15 campaign as local product Kolby Morgan of John Curtis Christian High School inked a National Letter of Intent with the Green Wave on the first day of the 2013 NCAA Early Signing Period.
A 5-foot-6 guard who currently resides in Hammond, La., Morgan is a two-time all-state selection as she claimed second-team honors as a sophomore in 2011-12 and first-team recognition as a junior last year. She claimed first-team All-District 10-2A and All-Metro recognition in each of her first two prep seasons, and was named the district's MVP in 2012-13. Morgan will have her full allotment of college eligibility once she arrives on campus next fall and will join a Tulane team expected to return 12-of-13current roster members.
"We have had our sights on Kolby since she was a freshman at Curtis," Stockton said. "Her improvement each year has been impressive. Kolby has lead her summer teams and her high school teams to great success. In my opinion, she is the most complete guard in Louisiana and will be an outstanding college player."
Entering her third year as a starter at John Curtis, Morgan has helped lead John Curtis to a combined 57-9 overall record, a pair of District 10-2A titles and two trips to the state championship game. The Patriots won the title in 2011-12 with a 55-42 victory over Iota and fell seven points shy of a repeat a year later in a 49-42 loss to St. Thomas Aquinas.
As a junior, Morgan averaged better than 24 points, five rebounds and three assists. Her point production led the team and she also paced the Patriots in field goal percentage (.480) and 3-point percentage (.352). Despite battling an illness when the game tipped off, Morgan had 16 points, five rebounds and five steals in the state championship contest.
Along the way, Morgan claimed New Orleans Metro Area Small Schools Student-Athlete of the Week on three occasions: Nov. 27, 2012, Jan. 12, 2013, and March 5, 2013. In addition, she claimed All-Tournament honors at the Dominican Thanksgiving Classic as a sophomore and junior. As a sophomore, Morgan averaged 13.4 points, 5.1 rebounds, 3.2 steals and 2.3 assists per game while connecting at a .483 clip from the field with a .353 mark from beyond the 3-point arc. A success away from the court as well, Morgan is a member of the National Honor Society.
Morgan is coached at the prep level by former Tulane All-American and Hall of Fame member Barbara Farris and played for Denis Aidoo - the brother of former Tulane women's basketball standout Tiffany Aidoo - in AAU competition. Athletic prowess runs in her family as Morgan's mother, Detra, played volleyball at LSU, her father, Sam, played basketball at Southern, and her brother, Malik, is currently a member of the LSU men's basketball team.
While Green Wave fans will have to wait another season for the Morgan to make her Tulane debut, the current women's basketball team returns to action on Tuesday, Nov. 19, when it plays host to Southeastern Louisiana at 7 p.m. in Devlin Fieldhouse. For tickets to that game, as well as future Tulane athletics events, contact the Tulane Ticket Office. The ticket office is located on the first floor of the James W. Wilson Jr. Center, and fans can also order tickets on-line at www.TulaneGreenWave.com or by calling (504) 861-WAVE (9283).