Ethan Morton is one of the two best goalies to play this year as a true rookie for Matt Painter.
While Ivey gets more strengths, Morton already seems like the exact type of glue guy who excels in the Coach Painter system. This line sells it short. This child can play.
He was Mr. Basketball for the state of Pennsylvania, leading his team to the 6-A title and they were favorites to win the state tournament before it was called off. Morton has done everything for the team, and even that is underselling her.
He averaged 23.4 points per game, 13 rebounds and 8.3 assists per game.
He doesn’t have as pure a chance to get into college as Ryan Cline or Sasha Stefanovic, but they are two of the best high school shooters of the past ten years. Morton shot over 56% from the field, including over 80% from the free throw line. The free throw shot indicates the touch and a good jump shot usually follows.
Morton’s best ability on the court is his vision. He plays a lot taller than his 6’4 height suggests and that leads him to grab a lot of boards. His mixed boards almost always include a handful of exit passes that he can make with both hands. He’s looking to fend off rebounds and take advantage of the defenses transition. It would be a welcome change from Purdue’s last playmaker who tended to hit the ball slowly after a rebound.
Morton can do just about any shot on the field. He has a good balance on pull-ups and has worked to make the top of his stroke more fluid for the past two years of high school. He’s an older athlete, but he plays hard, has long arms, and is smart on the basketball court.
It will be a perfect complementary piece next to Ivey for a long time.
Expect Morton to be a key player off the bench for Painter from day one, and someone who can potentially push for a starting role.