Morgan explains his transfer situation

September, 14, 2010
9/14/10
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It's clear at this point that the NCAA lacks uniformity in allowing some players to get out of sitting out the year-in-residence requirement for transfers.

Each case is taken on its own and there is room for debate as to why some are granted and others aren't -- whether it's for an extenuating circumstances for a family illness or with the graduate waiver for a player who finishes school and is pursuing a grad degree at another school that isn't offered at the previous school.

This week, J'mison Morgan got a waiver to play immediately at Baylor after playing the past two seasons at UCLA.

Morgan said his grandmother, Dolores Brooks, who is his legal guardian and lives in nearby Dallas, has colon cancer. He said she has had it for the past two-plus years and it has "gotten worse and worse."

"I wanted to be closer to home," Morgan said. "That's who I lived with my entire life."

Morgan said he plans on seeing his grandmother as much as possible and hopes to see her on weekends.

"It's not hard to go from Baylor to Dallas," Morgan said. "Basically it's in the terminal stage. They're doing chemo now as the last resort or else there is nothing else they can do."

Morgan said he is pointing to the Dec. 18 game in Dallas at American Airlines Arena against Gonzaga as a game he hopes his grandmother can see.

"That's the plan," Morgan said. "She wants to be healthy enough to see this."

Morgan said he would've stuck with Baylor even if he hadn't been allowed to play right away. He said he knew in the spring quarter he wanted to leave and transfer closer to home.

"Playing this year wasn't a factor, it was for her," Morgan said. "My case is real. This should be a rule, but I know some people have tried to misuse it. The NCAA has to use the best judgment of what's real and what's not."

According to one source, the NCAA has done a better job of tightening up the reasons for allowing the waiver due to health reasons of a relative.

Now that Morgan is going to play this season at Baylor, he immediately gives the Bears another big body up front. Morgan has battled injuries from a meniscus tear and a quad strain that limited his play at UCLA. He saw limited time for the Bruins last season with 8.7 minutes a game, averaging 1.9 points and 1.3 rebounds. The 6-foot-10 center could be the primary backup to highly touted freshman Perry Jones.

"I think I can help our team defensively and rebounding-wise," Morgan said. "I want to help in the zone. I can be a big body who block shots. Perry is incredible. He's incredible to watch. He does something new every day. It's a joy to play with him."

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Senior Writer, ESPN.com

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