GREENWOOD, SC- Octavious Morgan wasn’t sure when he would be able to return to varsity athletics at Greenwood High School. Due to academic issues, Morgan missed the bulk football and basketball season during his freshman and sophomore years.
Now a junior, Morgan has made the most of his opportunity, after becoming academically eligible for the 2012-2013 sports seasons. After rushing for over 1,100 yards and 18 touchdowns for the Eagles’ Division II, 4A State Championship football team, Morgan is now a starting guard for the basketball team, helping lead the Eagles to a 4-5 start to the season.
“All of my teachers pushed me to work hard in the classroom,” Morgan said. “When someone works so hard to get you better at something, you don’t have a choice but to put in the same work for them that they have for you. Now, I’m just trying to stay focused and help my team win.”
According to Greenwood Head Coach Jim Still, Morgan’s return has provided a much needed stability in the Eagles’ backcourt.
“We have been thin at the guard position over the past couple of seasons,” Still said. “We have some guys that can come in and spare Octavious (Morgan) some, but at the end of games, we definitely want him (Morgan) on the court.”
So far this season, Morgan’s biggest asset has been on defense, where his quickness has enabled the junior guard to create turnovers that lead to transition offense.
“Our trap on defense helps us a lot,” Morgan said. “We have a lot of athletic guys and that helps us create steals. When I get the ball after that, I’m able to get to the rack or find guys spotting up outside.”
Morgan’s return has, in part, resulted in a productive 1-1 start to Region I-4A play, including a 71-59 upset win at Woodmont earlier this season. After missing the majority of the past two years, Morgan is hoping to make up for lost time as he and his teammates prepare for the remainder of the 2012 season.
“I love them dudes,” Morgan said. “It’s been amazing being back, we are all just playing hard and having fun. Now that we are winning some, we just want to keep things going. It’s been awesome.”