Terence Darea Morris (born January 11 1979, in Frederick, Maryland, USA) is an American professional Basketball player currently playing for CSKA Moscow in the Russian League and the Euroleague, with whom he signed in June, 2008.
High school career Edit
Terence Morris played his high school basketball for Governor Thomas Johnson High School in Frederick, leading the TJ Patriots to the Maryland Class 3A state title as a senior in 1997. He played under former TJ Patriots coach Tom Dickman, who until recently was the record holder for wins by a public school coach in Maryland with 592 wins in 29 seasons.
A 6'9 ½" (2.07 m) Forward (basketball) from the University of Maryland, College Park, Morris was hailed as one of the best prospects in all of college basketball after his sophomore season in 1998-99. But while the consensus of opinion was that he would have been a Top-5 pick in the NBA Draft had he left school after that year, Morris instead opted to return to Maryland for his junior and senior seasons, and his draft stock dropped after two less successful campaigns.
Morris was eventually selected by the Atlanta Hawks with the 33th pick of the 2001 NBA Draft, and his draft rights were immediately traded to the Houston Rockets, with whom he played two seasons (2001-2003). He then spent the 2003-04 season in the NBDL with the Columbus Riverdragons (now known as the Austin Toros), and signed with the Los Angeles Clippers in September, 2004, but was waived before the season started. He signed with the Orlando Magic in September, 2005. He earned a roster spot for the remainder of the season, but was again waived in February, 2006.
After being waived by the Los Angeles Clippers in 2004, he decided to move to Europe and signed with Apollon Patras BC of the Greek League.
Morris began the 2006-07 season unaffiliated to a team, but in December 2006, he signed with Hapoel Jerusalem (basketball) until the end of the season. With Hapoel he won an Israeli State Cup championship. On June 13, 2007, he signed with the Euroleague club Maccabi Tel Aviv (basketball).
On May 3, 2008, Morris won a place in the Euroleague All-Euroleague First team, alongside 4 other European stars.