Randolph Albert Morris is a professional basketball player from the United States of America and plays as a center. He went to the Landmark Christian High School where, in his senior year, he scored at 23.0 points per game with 16.0 rebounds and 8 blocks per game. He had earned a place in the McDonalds’ All-American lineup and was rated as the number 2 center and number 10 prospect by Rivals.com.
Although he was scheduled to join the NBA straight-off, he decided to stick to college for at least a year. Lower academics meant that he would attend University of Kentucky instead of Georgia Tech who were considered favourites in the battle for his signature. His debut was perfect – he played brilliantly for the University of Kentucky and had an average of 8.8 points per game with 4.2 rebounds.
Although he tried to get into the NBA, he was deemed ‘not ready’ and the NCAA decided to reinstate his college-ball status but it took until January 2006 for him to get back to action with Kentucky. In his second year, he averaged 13.3 points per game and 6 rebounds as well. He moved into his third year with the University of Kentucky and averaged at 16.1 points per game with 7.8 rebounds and 2.1 blocks per game. He was named to the All-SEC team in that year.
As Morris had hired an agent in his attempt to get into the NBA, he was not considered eligible for the NCAA but after giving him permission to participate, he was still considered as a free agent. This meant that although he would not be allowed to participate in any future drafts although he would be considered as a free agent if any team desired to hire his services.
In 2007, Morris signed a free-agent contract with the New York Knicks and became the first player to go from playing in the NCAA to the NBA within the same week.
In the summer of 2008, he joined the Atlanta Hawks and signed a 2-year, $1.7 million deal to begin playing with their summer league team.