Posted by Matt Norlander
Pre-Draft trash talk? It's not all that common, but if we were to expect it from anyone this year, it'd certainly be one of the Morrii, right? I'm thankful we've got a little juice heading into this lackluster crop of picks, really.
Kansas' twins of power, Marcus and Markieff, helped the Jayhawks to a good amount of success and dominance the past couple of years. But they're also a pair with a lot of confidence and braggadocio. I witnessed it firsthand. In certain areas it suits them well; in others it can -- and has -- gotten them in trouble (though mostly in their pre-Kansas days).
Here, Markieff is making the headline. It's a quote that surfaced prior to Memorial Day Weekend, and like so many, it got lost in the shuffle. Markieff, in an effort to prop up his own stock, said likely top-three pick, Arizona's Derrick Williams, is not all he's hyped up to be. Seems Markieff remembers all too well the 27-point performance Williams put on KU in a Nov. 27 game from last season. (Kansas won, 87-79; Markieff had 15 points and three rebounds.)
“I didn’t think he was as good as advertised,” Morris said. “He got the benefit of the calls from the ref and we had to guard him different. He definitely had a good game against us, because we couldn’t guard him how we wanted to guard him, and that’s what happened.”
So when he hears that Williams is a lock to go in the top two, Morris said, “It’s still surprises me. What he did to Duke, he wouldn’t do that to me or my brother [Marcus]. I’m dead serious. He wouldn’t. At all. He’s good. But if we was to work out, I would go at him and I would be able to stop him more than people would expect, you know what I mean.”
Supreme confidence. I'd expect nothing else from Markieff, who is seen as a lottery pick, just a notch below brother Marcus, and, for the record, not nearly the specimen that Williams is. Here's to many battles between the two on NBA courts in years to come. Something like this has a long shelf life.Photo: US PRESSWIRE