Mustang Men’s Basketball Summer Journal Series: Reese Morgan
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EDITOR'S NOTE: Freshman guard Reese Morgan, who redshirted his first season on campus after suffering a year-ending injury last November, checks in Aug. 13 with the latest entry from the Cal Poly men's basketball program's summer journal series. The all-time California high school leader with 740 free throws, Morgan (San Pedro, Calif.) earned Parade Magazine All-America fourth team honors following his senior season at Peninsula HS.
Overall, Cal Poly returns two starters and six letterwinners from last year's squad that reached the Big West Conference Tournament semifinals and won 18 games – the second-highest total during the program's Division I tenure. One of the NCAA's top defensive programs during the previous two years, Cal Poly finished the 2011-12 season ranked sixth nationally in opponent rebounds per game (29.1) and 24th in opponent points per game (60.5).
Aug. 13, 2012
The team is going into its final week of summer school and summer basketball. We've been working very hard as a team and have seen great strides on both the basketball court and in the classroom. With finals week up next, we're studying hard to be successful on our exams before we enjoy a four-week break. A little break is needed after all of the hard work we've put in this summer, but I know we'll all continue working out and staying in shape so we'll be ready to go when school starts up again in late September. This summer has been a great time for team bonding both on and off the court and our season is shaping up well. We're all excited to get started again once the fall comes.
On a personal note, I'm now back and playing after my recent knee surgery. It was a minimal surgery, but my knee feels better than it did last November when I had a previous surgery that ended my first season on campus. Kristal, our amazing athletics trainer, said that I look more mobile, more confident and stronger than after my surgery last November. I'm excited at how my knee feels and am ready to finally take the court with my teammates, challenge for a Big West Conference championship and make it to the NCAA Tournament.
It has been a great summer and the team is ready to play, compete and represent all of the Mustangs with a hard-working and competitive attitude this fall. Thank you for following us via the journal series. Continue to check in every Friday for more journal entries by different players. Next up: Kyle Odister.