PERKINSTON — Mississippi Gulf Coast point guard Winston Morgan has signed a letter of intent to continue his playing career at Division II Valdosta State.
"I thought it was a great program with their coaches," he said. "I felt like it was a good vibe for me to finish my last two years. I had Division I offers, but at the end of the day, it wasn't about that for me. It was about where I was going to be happy and succeed not just as an athlete, but as a student."
Morgan, who played at East Catholic High in Manchester, Conn., averaged 14.0 points and 4.2 assists for the Bulldogs. He helped lead the Bulldogs to a 19-7 record by shooting 45.4 percent from the 3-point line and 89.9 percent from the free-throw line.
Valdosta State finished 26-6 last season, advancing to the finals of the Gulf South Conference tournament. The Blazers advanced to the NCAA Tournament but lost in overtime in the first round. Coach Mike Helfer is entering his 12th season at Valdosta State.
Morgan played one season for coach Wendell Weathers at Gulf Coast after transferring from Howard College. It proved to be an important stepping stone for him.
"Perk was a big part," Morgan said. "It was about staying down to your grind and play as hard as you can. Every day is a battle, and the coaches taught me a lot about my game, exploring and expanding it. Being from Connecticut, I came down here and learned how to handle myself as a young man growing up."
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