February Player of the Month — Coolidge Guard DeShaun Morman
A lot of high school basketball fans in the DMV have stated that the DCIAA is not what it used to be. I think people are beginning to see that the DCIAA is back, and it’s making a lot of noise. The one school that is carrying the torch through the DCIAA is Coolidge. Coolidge guard DeShaun Morman has been making quite a name for himself lately.
The smooth-stroking lefty is one of the most complete players in the DMV. He has one of the sweetest strokes in the business, can finish with the best of them, is a tenacious defender, has the mid-range game perfected, can handle the rock, and is a very unselfish player. Morman has teamed up with fellow Colts Khalen Cumberlander and Maurice Jeffers to form one of the best teams the DCIAA has seen in years. All three are expected to play division 1. Cumberland and Jeffers have already signed at Central Connecticut State and Delaware respectively. Morman, just a junior, still has some time to make his decision. And big time D-1 school are beginning to take notice. Coolidge coach Vaughn Jones says ACC and Big East school are starting to show interest after the season DeShaun has had. A solid summer and DeShaun may be going to one of the elite schools in the country, he has that much game. And at 6’4” he has the size that’s needed to play the 2 at a big time school on the next level.
This past week Coolidge topped Theodore Roosevelt in the DCIAA Championship by a score of 64-53. Up next for DeShaun and the Colts is a date with WCAC champion Paul VI for the Abe Pollin City Title on March 20th at the Verizon Center, an annual event that pairs the DC public school champion with the DC-metro area Catholic league champion. It will be the first time ever that Paul VI has reached the city title and the first time Coolidge has appeared since 1988.
We recently had a chance to sit down with DeShaun and get to know him a little better.
Capitol Hoops: Where did you go to school prior to transferring to Coolidge this year?
DeShaun Morman: I’m from Richmond, VA and I went to high school at Meadowbrook.
CH: What was the transition like heading from Meadowbrook to Coolidge? Did you know anyone at Coolidge before you transferred?
DM: At first it was new, every thing was different. The only person I knew was Khalen (Cumberlander) from playing AAU ball with him but after some time it just started to feel like a new home.
CH: What is it like playing for coach (Vaughn) Jones?
DM: It’s fun, there’s time where we joke around and there’s times when it gets real serious and we got to put in work. Coach Vaughn is the perfect coach. He’s one of the best coaches I’ve every been around in my life so far.
CH: Who is the best player you have ever stepped on the same court with?
DM: (pause) I’d probably have to say Justin Anderson.
CH: What AAU team do you play on?
DM: Virginia Assault for two years now
CH: What NBA or college player reminds you of your game the most?
DM: I would have to say Andre Iguodala because of the way we both attack the basket.
CH: How much have you seen of Paul VI? How do you think you match up with them?
DM: The first time I saw them was in the WCAC championship. They look real athletic. I think it is a pretty even match-up. I think it should be great competition.
CH: What do you like to do when you aren’t playing basketball or at school?
DM: To be honest I chill with my girlfriend, or I’m playing or watching basketball, or chilling with my friends.
CH: What do you like to study? What could you see yourself majoring in in college?
DM: I’d say sports marketing or sports management.
CH: When basketball is all said and done what could you see your self doing for a career?
DM: I really like little kids so I could see myself starting a daycare program or maybe I would do something with my father, he is in the construction business and he and I have a real good relationship.
CH: What is the best memory you have in your basketball career?
DM: It was eight grade and I was down in middle school in Richmond and we were in the championship game and I hit the game winning basket. I had the ball with a few seconds left and I did a move and I missed and I followed my shot and got a tip in at the buzzer and we won the championship.
CH: Have you ever played any other sports?
DM: When I was younger I played football and baseball. I think I may play baseball for Coolidge. If I don’t do that I’ll probably run track.
CH: What aspect of your game do you think you need to work on most for the next level?
DM: I would have to say my ball handling and my overall strength. And my jump shot a little bit but that’s starting to come together.
CH: Do you have any siblings?
DM: I have one older brother.
CH: How does the DCIAA compare to the league you played in when you were at Meadowbrook?
DM: It’s way better, better players, better competition. It’s just another level of basketball.
CH: Tell us something about yourself that we probably don’t know.
DM: I like going to church. Every Sunday I go to church.
CH: Can we find you on twitter? If so where can we find you?
DM: Yessir I’m @deshaunmorman
We want to thank DeShaun and wish him all the best in his future.