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Morrisant Steps Up
Nathan Krug
Antelope Staff
Photo by Krystal Nunnenkamp

After last season, Morissaint knows what's expected of him


Last year, Loper basketball fell just short of .500. But, just because UNK finished with a 13-14 record doesn’t mean there weren’t any bright spots. UNK beat a nationally ranked team in Metro State, had senior team leader, Josiah Parker, and beat rival Wayne State. One of the more surprising aspects of last year was the development of freshman Akeem Morissaint, a pre-physical therapy major from Delray Beach, Florida State.

The stats that Morissaint, now a sophomore, put up last year while only starting 16 games include: shooting 40 percent from the 3-point line, 1.4 steals a game with 37 for the year and third place in scoring for UNK.

“I did expect to have that good of a season last year,” Morissaint said. With the success Morissaint had last year, he now knows what’s expected of him on the court. “I’m expected to pretty much be a team leader and have just an all around good season.  I don’t feel I’ve lived up to expectations just yet. I think there’s room to improve still,” Morissaint said.

Although he’s devoted to the court and the classroom, Morissaint finds time for his hobbies. “I love to play 'Call of Duty' on my PS3. It’s a lot of fun.”

Morissaint believes the team can make the RMAC tournament and compete well this year, a goal the Lopers have not accomplished since the 2007-2008 .

Currently, Morissaint is too focused on the tasks at hand to worry about what’s next after basketball. For now, he’s going to take it one day at a time. “I’m not really sure what’s in store,” Morissaint said.  I just want to get my degree and go from there.”

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