Watching the KU @ Neb game today, I coud not help but think about the play of Markieff Morris. He is averaging over 12 ppg and leads the Big 12 in rebounds. Kieff had 17 points today. I think as fans we always get caught up in the moment and worry about what is next instead of looking back to the original expectations and enjoying the ride (I'm looking at you KC Chiefs fans).
Before this season began Markieff was not supposed to be a "star" on this Kansas team. Everybody in Lawrence knew what they had in Marcus Morris because he broke out last season, but Markieff has greatly outshined his expectations. During this past off-season, Marcus was invited to the LeBron James camp, Markieff was not. That was the first time in the twin's lives that they had been separated from each other. While I'm sure that it was tough for the both of them, I'm also sure it was much more difficult for Kieff. Few things cause more motivation than sibling rivalry, and with Cole Aldrich leaving after the 09-10 season for the NBA, Markieff was going to get his opportunity.
Markieff has made the most of his opportunity and has solidified KU's front court. With Marcus and Markieff Morris, Thomas Robinson, and Jeff Withey (Withey only if the 'Hawks are desperate, but the dude's still 7 ft tall) the Kansas Jayhawks are continuing to look like arguably best team in the country.
Markieff has been having a breakout season that's even bigger than anybody had anticipated, however, Markieff knew that he could have this caliber of a year way back before the season started. I talked to Markieff during KU Bball's media day. Kieff told me, "Now that Big Fella (Cole Aldrich) ain't here, I need to be tough on those blocks and pick up the slack on the boards." In a more roundabout way, Kieff told me he was more than ready for the responsibility and to keep an eye on him this year. So nobody thought that Markieff would have this type of season under his belt come Febuary 5th, except for Markieff Morris.