svssPlayer Profile

Guard, Freshman, University of Maryland

By Chris Cobb, Junior, Towson University

University of Maryland freshman Point Guard, Darryl Morsell, competed in the Shirts vs Skins Basketball Classic (SVSBC) last year as a member of Mount Saint Joseph High in Baltimore. While in high school, Morsell was a unanimous four-star recruit and was ranked the 60th best recruit in the country by Scout.com. Morsell really enjoyed playing in this event and believes it can prepare high school players for the next level. Morsell said, “The SVSBC gives you the best talent in high school and allows your team to compete against other good players.” He credits his former high school coach, Pat Clatchey, for preparing him for the college level. Morsell said coach Clatchey not only taught him about basketball but about the game of life as well. Coach Clatchey has coached other college players and was able to teach Darryl what to expect at the college level. When asked what head coach, Mark Turgeon, coaches that parallels your former head coach, Morsell said, “Effort. Effort is something that is big at this level and you can’t take any plays off because it could cost you the game.” Morsell is looking forward to his former high school teammate, Jalen Smith, joining the Terrapins next fall. Along with Jalen Smith joining the Terps is Eric Ayala, who also played in the SVSBC last year. The Terps played Syracuse on November 27 this year. Bourama Sidibe plays for Syracuse and competed against Morsell at the SVSBC last year as a member of St. Benedicts Prep. Morsell praises Sidibe saying he’s a great player and great kid who always plays hard. Morsell says this goes to show the talent level the SVSBC has to offer. At the college level, Morsell is having success. He is averaging 7.2 points per game and was named Big Ten Freshman of the week (11/20).