EuroCup Stepping Stones: Terence Morris

Aug 14, 2020 by Print
EuroCup Stepping Stones: Terence Morris

Future EuroLeague champion Terence Morris introduced himself to a wider European audience in the 2006-07 EuroCup. To that point in his career, Morris had already spent two seasons in the NBA with Houston, debuted in Europe through a season in Greece with Apollon Patras and played another NBA campaign with Orlando. Before the athletic stretch-four unleashed his potential on the EuroLeague hardwoods, where he became an All-EuroLeague First Team selection and has achieved the rare feat of playing in three consecutive EuroLeague championship games with three different clubs, Morris made a splash in the EuroCup.

EuroCup experience

Morris joined Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem as an experienced veteran addition in late December 2006 and made his 12-minute debut in Round 9 of the regular season on January 9, 2007, when he scored 4 points in a road loss to Oostende. A week later, Morris displayed a glimpse of he could do with 11 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists in 95-82 win over ALBA Berlin that sent Jerusalem into the elimination rounds. Jerusalem got past Ventspils with two double-digit victories in the two-game eighthfinals. In the next round, Morris helped Jerusalem to a 9-point win in Game 1 of the two-game total-points series with 7 points, 3 rebounds and 2 blocks, but the team lost the second leg by 18 points to get ousted from the competition. Morris finished the season with 6 appearances, averaging 5.3 points and 4.0 rebounds, but that was enough, combined with his performances in the domestic competitions in Israel, to grab the attention of EuroLeague powerhouses.

What happened after

Morris joined Maccabi Elite Tel Aviv for the next season and shined among the continent's elite in his premier EuroLeague season. Morris started slowly before going off for 17 points plus 8 rebounds against Milan and topped that with 18 points and 9 rebounds against Aris Thessaloniki. After a coaching change put Zvi Sherf on the bench, Morris's role grew significantly. He stepped into the starting lineup and went on to score in double digits in 17 of the last 20 games that season. Morris was the January MVP and particularly starred in a best-of-three playoff series against FC Barcelona, when he averaged 12.7 points, 9.7 rebounds and 2.3 blocks, to help Maccabi reach the Final Four in Madrid. Morris tallied 13 points plus 7 rebounds in each of the Final Four games, including a championship game loss against CSKA Moscow. Morris earned All-EuroLeague First Team honors in his debut season in the competition, which he finished with 12.3 points on 60.8% two-point shooting and ranked seventh with 49.2% three-point shooting. He also ranked third in rebounds with 8.3 and second in the EuroLeague with 1.8 blocks per contest.

After a stellar first season, the following summer Morris joined reigning champion CSKA. He helped the team plow its way to another Final Four and another championship game in which CSKA was defending its title against Panathinaikos Athens. However, CSKA fell behind early before its rally came up short in a dramatic 73-71 loss. Morris finished his second campaign with 6.7 points and ranked fifth for the season with 50.0% three-point shooting.

After appearing in a championship game in each of his two seasons in the competition, the third time was the charm for Morris who finally took the EuroLeague crown with FC Barcelona in 2010 in Paris, France. Morris played a big role in his third championship game in as many years, scoring 8 points and delivering a pair of blocks in 19 minutes on the floor in an 86-68 win over Olympiacos Piraeus. Morris's last EuroLeague campaign was in 2010-11 with Barcelona, which also turned out to be the only one of his four seasons in the competition in which he did not reach the Final Four. Panathinaikos ousted Barcelona in a classic four-game playoff series. Morris finished his four-year EuroLeague career with 8.4 points and as a 43.2% three-point shooter, while also averaging 5.4 rebounds and 1.1 blocks.