When this season ends, Tulane guard Kolby Morgan would like to play professional basketball “until my body gives out,” she said.
Morgan, though, doesn't want to stray too far even after that happens, saying she wants to remain close to the game. Morgan will get her chance to take her first steps during “So You Want To Be A Coach” program. She was one of 62 players chosen to participate in three days of workshops March 28-30 at Ohio State University.
“I'd like to stay around basketball and give back to young women the knowledge of the game that I've gotten,” she said as Tulane (11-11, 3-6 American Athletic Conference) prepared to play a home game Saturday against South Florida (17-5, 7-2).
Former Tulane point guard Leslie Vorpahl, who is playing professionally in Romania, was in the progam last year. She is among a handful of Green Wave players the past five years who participated.
“I talked to Leslie, and she said it helped her network with different coaches to put her name out there for when she is no longer playing,” Morgan said.
Morgan sent in a letter of recommendation from coach Lisa Stockton and a video of her explaining why she wants to be a coach, and was excepted.
“It's their introduction into various opportunities in coaching,” Stockton said. “It's different coaches from different levels — WNBA, college, high school, different administrators. (Participants) do on-court presentations, like teaching a drill. They're introduced to recruiting, to practice planning, things like that.”
Morgan said she has to overcome a lack of patience to become a successful coach. Stockton agrees but said Morgan can be good.
“She's got a great basketball IQ and great passion for the game,” Stockton said. “She would really know how to communicate things to players and see what's wrong, see how to tweak them.”
Oh, South Florida
The Green Wave women's team has lost to South Florida seven consecutive times dating to 2015, including 75-46 on Dec. 31 in Tampa.
Unless the teams meet in the AAC tournament, this would be Morgan's last chance at a win against the Bulls, who have been second-best team in the conference since its inception four seasons ago.
“They are difficult to beat because they are amazing shooters, from (point guard) through (power forward),” Morgan said. “It's really hard to guard four players who shoot as well as they do. And, Maria Jespersen can shoot and also drive and rebound really well. Then you have Katija Laksa, who can come off anything (set plays, screens) and shoot quickly. And, their point guard (senior Laia Flores) is very experienced.”
However, it's the way things have gone in the AAC this season that gives Morgan hope, she said. South Florida, ranked No. 22 when it beat Tulane, no longer is in the Associated Press Top 25.
“Wichita State beat South Florida (64-56 at Wichita, Jan. 21), and we were close to Wichita State,” she said. “We beat Tulsa 70-49 and they beat Houston (which beat Tulane twice). The conference has been crazy this season.”
Climbing the ladder
After just two points at Connecticut and 16 at Houston, it seems Morgan has been in third place for a while on the school's career scoring list.
However, she is two points behind second-place Stacey Gaudet (2,080) and 180 behind leader Grace Daley (2,258). Morgan is averaging 20.2 points per game. Counting the final seven regular-season games and one conference tournament game, she needs to average 22.5 to pass Daley. With two games in the tournament, she would need to average 20.0.