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At some point Reggie Morris Jr. will reflect on one of the more remarkable and surprising high school basketball seasons in CIF-Southern Section history.
Morris Jr. is the son of former Manual Arts and Los Angeles Southwest College coach Reggie Sr. who won a city title at Manual Arts in the 1980s when he was just a kid.
In his first stint at a Leuzinger, Morris Jr. led the Olympians to a CIF-SS championship. He was instrumental producing two NBA players in Russell Westbrook and Dorell Wright. He would have probably had a third NBA player if Khelcey Barrs had not died as a sophomore in 2004.
Morris Jr. was not offered to return to Leuzinger and then went onto St. Bernards, a once storied basketball program, but when he got there it was not just void of talent. Morris Jr. restored a winning tradition to St. Bernard.
Reggie Jr. led the Vikings to the CIF-SS D-V championship and the team nearly also won the D-IV State title. He developed another gem in Xavier bound Brandon Randolph.
Following all of that success someone was paying attention and Redondo Union gave him an offer that he could not refuse.
So, he left St. Bernards after last season to join Redondo Union, a school that had won just two league games last season.
“My parents have always taught me that when you get old it’s more important to take care of your family and this move was about that as well as basketball, Morris Jr. said.
Morris Jr. recently wed his loved girlfriend Jasmine and she is also instrumental in the Seahawk basketball program helping with the fundraisers.
Morris Jr. led the surprising Seahawks to their 20th consecutive victory in the Southern California Regional championship Saturday at Citizen Bank Arena in Ontario, defeating JW North Riverside 60-48.
Redondo Union had already captured the CIF-SS D-2AA title a few weeks ago in what was major shocker and then following their title run earned the top seed in the So. Cal Regional.
Asked which of the victories were most important to him, Reggie Jr. said; “I was really excited after we won the CIF championship, but all of them have sort of taken on a different meaning,” he said.
The Seahawks will play College Park on Saturday March 23 in Sacramento
“I guess, that I am still in a state of shock right now, but we have worked hard, the kids have responded and it’s been a great run,” he said.
One of Reggie Jr.’s assistant coaches Victor Martin said that Reggie Jr. deserves all of the credit. “He has the incredible ability to see something on film that you probably would not catch it if you’ve seen it a thousand times,” Martin added.
One local newspaper coined him the Wizard of the South Bay, a reference to him winning all of his championships in the South Bay.
However, make no mistake about it, this son of Leslie and Reggie Sr. can flat out coach, and we have a bum back and some basketball injuries at Howard to thank for that.
Those who have to coach against him are not so giddy, though.