By Rich Winter
It is always fun to check out the Facebook banter between the Morrison brothers, Jadice and Justice. Seems like there is a little discussion about which Morrison brother could beat which if they played one-on-one.
The only thing I'd have to say about that is the GAP is Narrowing!
(Also plenty of banter from big brother wishing little brother good luck in his games and offering congratulations to little brother for making the South Dakota Class B, All-State (2nd team)
Wow another great year for White River. (4th in a loaded B tourney)...Thirteen trips in a row to the B Tournament....That is awesome!! Was looking for a Jadice Morrison highlight and ended up watching about ten minutes of the White River @ Pine Ridge game. (Love watching the Tigers be patient on offense and move the ball around (refreshing).
At any rate, found a clip of Mr. Morrison, great team player!
What a great season for White River. No shame in that loss to eventual champion Sully Buttes, but really liked how the Tigers clawed and scratched and fought to take it to OT against a RUGGED ball team in Bridgewater Emery (2017 Champs)
The Tigers lose just two players, John Petrick and Donnie Yackley (Both with superb careers) but there is some insane young talent on this roster and a bunch of young ones (I hear rumbling about Joe Sayler - Just saying).
The leader of that young talent is Jadice Morrison who blossomed this season to the point of Second-Team, Class B All-State:
His stats this season: Jadice Morrison, White River, 6-2, Jr., Guard/Forward (15.2 ppg, 76 pct FT, 61 3-pointers)...You can count on him at the line, shoots well from deep, able to take some one off the dribble, plays defense, runs the floor...Good stuff!
They came from Norris: Guess I'm going to have to put the Norris gym on my bucket list. A lot of late-night and perhaps early-morning work put in there between Justice and Jadice, both were fundamentally sound before 9th grade.
Look out 2019?
You are an All-State in my book Kevin Peterson
Saw a little blurb on Kevin Peterson's page about not making the All-State Teams. Peterson had a special year up in Lower Brule guiding the school to its first ever state tournament appearance. Think he scored at or above 20 points this year, hard-nose defender, great rebounder can guard anyone on the floor. Those awards are voted on by the Chosen by South Dakota Basketball Coaches Association. Gotta remember about 90 percent of those coaches are in east river and over the years we've seen a lot of folks not make a list they likely deserved to be on.
That said, despite not making an all-state team, Peterson and his fellow seniors likely helped start a basketball hot-bed up in Lower Brule. Little guys/girls traveling to the Dakota Oyate Challenge and hearing the names of the high-school players announced on the big stage. Just wanted to say great year Mr. Peterson you had a heck of a season.
Sometimes I think we forget how big of an impact our teenage youth have on the younger ones. Making it to a state tournament is a big deal for a school and a community and chances are the young basketball players were watching.