Monte Morris makes NBA debut Tuesday night

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

Former Iowa State point guard Monte Morris made his NBA debut Tuesday night and did so in typical Monte fashion. The Cyclones’ all-time leader in assists dished out one assist with zero turnovers in three minutes.

Fittingly, the Flint, Mich. native’s debut with the Denver Nuggets came during a 103-84 win at Detroit with Morris’ mother in the stands. He is the 25th former Cyclone to play in an NBA game.

Morris is also the fourth member of Iowa State’s 2014-15 team to play in the NBA,  joining Georges Niang, Abdel Nader, and Bryce Dejean-Jones. The Nuggets will head to Boston Tuesday night to take on the Celtics and Nader on Wednesday.

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Jared a native of Clarinda, Iowa, started as the Cyclone Fanatic intern in August 2013, primarily working as a videographer until starting on the women’s basketball beat prior to the 2014-15 season. Upon earning his Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from Iowa State in May 2016, Jared was hired as the site’s full-time staff writer, taking over as the primary day-to-day reporter on football and men’s basketball. He was elevated to the position of managing editor in January 2020. He is a regular contributor on 1460 KXNO in Des Moines and makes regular guest appearances on radio stations across the Midwest. Jared resides in Ankeny with his four-year-old puggle, Lolo.

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