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Monte Morris called up to the Denver Nuggets for Sunday’s game

Sep 25, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Nuggets point guard Monte Morris (11) poses for a photo during media day at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Monte Morris has gotten the call-up.

The former Iowa State star point guard has been transferred to the Denver Nuggets as part of his two-way deal he signed with the team after being selected in the second round of the 2017 NBA Draft. Morris has not appeared in an NBA game so far this season but will be available Sunday when the Nuggets take on the Indiana Pacers.

The Flint, Mich. native is averaging 17.4 points, 4.8 assists, 4.4 rebounds and 2.3 steals through 16 games with Denver’s G-League affiliate the Rio Grande Valley Vipers. Morris has put together several impressive performances for the 13-3 Vipers, including a 29-point output in the team’s Dec. 8 win over the Windy City Bulls.

Denver enters Sunday’s game with a 14-11 record with wins in three of its last five games. It will be interesting to see how Morris fits into the team’s point guard rotation with young players Jamal Murray and Emmanuel Mudiay already on the roster.

Jared Stansbury

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Jared is in his seventh year covering Iowa State football and basketball for Cyclone Fanatic. He worked as the site's intern for three years while studying Journalism in Iowa State's Greenlee School of Journalism. He started as a full-time staff writer in May 2016. He took over as the site's managing editor in January 2020. Jared spent five falls covering Iowa high school football as a reporter for KMA Radio, 1460 KXNO and 1430 KASI.