For as long as he can remember, Malik Morgan wanted to play basketball for LSU.
So even when schools from different parts of the country started taking notice of his skills, the John Curtis shooting guard said he knew where the journey would end.
Morgan made it official Wednesday night when he called Trent Johnson to give the LSU basketball coach his commitment.
“It’s always been my dream school, since I was a baby,” Morgan said.
The first LSU basketball commitment for 2012, Morgan said he will sign with the Tigers in November.
His commitment comes on the heels of Riverside Academy forward Ricardo Gathers and St. Augustine point guard Javan Felix, the state’s top two prospects, choosing to leave the state. Gathers committed to St. John’s and Felix picked Texas.
Morgan couldn’t pass up a chance to play at LSU, where his mother, Detra Brown Morgan, played volleyball in the mid-1980s. He said he also considered Boston College, Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas-El Paso and Georgia Tech, but LSU was the only school he visited.
“The reason I committed to LSU is I felt like family over there,” Morgan said. “The coaches and players are great. They just made me feel comfortable.”
Morgan, 6-foot-4, is listed by Rivals.com as the nation’s No. 93 overall prospect and No. 17 shooting guard. He averaged 28 points, seven rebounds and five assists for Curtis last year, leading the Patriots to Class 2A’s quarterfinals.
Curtis coach Mike Krajcer described Morgan, a starter since his freshman year, as an athletic player who has the versatility to attack defenses in a variety of ways.
“He’s a scorer,” Krajcer said. “He’s the kind of guy that can create his own shot, he can shoot the 3-pointer with NBA range, and he can take it to the goal with the best of them.”
Morgan addresses an area of need for the Tigers, who enter 2011-12 lacking depth on the perimeter.
Freshman John Isaac from Pickering enters the fold this fall. Sophomore Matt Derenbecker, a projected starter, left the team earlier this week.