By LARRY VAUGHT
Rock solid is the way Kentucky coach Matthew Mitchell describes senior Maci Morris’ career.
“Been a player that embodies what you want Kentucky to be. She loves Kentucky, loves putting on the jersey. She has worked so hard and developed her game so much the last three years,” Mitchell said. “I always believed Maci was a really good player, so nothing she has done surprised me. I think she will go down as one of the really great players in UK history.”
She’s done plenty already to put herself into that category. She has 1,209 career points — 20th best at UK. Her 177 3-pointers is third most in program history and she led the Southeastern Conference and was second in the nation last season with a 48.4 percent mark from 3-point range. She led last year’s team with 17.3 points per game, was second in steals with 37 and third in assists with 56. She also averaged 3.6 rebounds per game.
“She has always earned her keep and has always worked hard,” Mitchell said. “I really believe she has got another level to take it to this year. She has really improved over the summer. I am excited to go into battle with her
Morris is just as dynamic off the court.
“Maci has charisma. She has that quality that draws people toward her. Great personality, easy to meet, always kind to kids at camp or out on court after a game that want to get her autograph or talk to her,” Mitchell said. “She has a great presence about her and I think people also appreciate how hard she plays and the effort she gives. Plus, everybody loves somebody who shoots at a high level like her.
“She’s just a great role model and an extremely high character kid. She has a leadership role with FCA on campus. There’s not one thing she would not do for a teammate. She’s just a great role model for the young players and will inspire a generation of young basketball players to play at Kentucky or wherever to be their best because they watched her play.”