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.

Jared Stansbury


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.