Atlanta - Molloy College men's basketball alumnus Jaylen Morris was signed by the Atlanta Hawks of the National Basketball League to a 10-day contract, announced by the team this morning.
The Amherst native is the first player in the program's history to play in the NBA and is just the second in the East Coast Conference, following Garth Joseph of the College of Saint Rose, who played for both the Toronto Raptors and the Denver Nuggets in the 2000-01 season.
Morris most recently played for the Erie BayHawks, the G-League affiliate of Atlanta, where he was selected 41st in the 2017 NBA G-League Draft. The guard has appeared in 39 contests, starting all, for Erie, averaging 12.6 points and 4.8 rebounds per game.
A four-year starter for the Lions, the guard was recognized as All-ECC First Team, All-Metropolitan Basketball Writers Association First Team, and Division II Conference Commissioners' Association All-East Region Second Team for the 2016-17 season. Morris averaged 19.9 points and 7.0 rebounds per game for the maroon and white last season, helping them to the East Coast Conference Championship game. He ranks fourth all-time in scoring at Molloy, tallying 1,618 points while also pulling down nearly 650 rebounds and 150 steals.
Release provided by the Molloy Sports Information Department.