AMES – Iowa State guard Monté Morris was drafted by the Denver Nuggets in the second round of the 2017 NBA Draft with the No. 51 pick.
Morris, the winningest player in school history having played in 100 career ISU victories, is the 38th former Cyclone to be drafted. Iowa State has had 11 players drafted since the Big 12 was formed in 1996-97, the third-best total in the league.
Morris, a Flint, Michigan native, finished a stellar four-year career by earning All-American honors in 2016-17. As a senior, Morris elevated his game on the offensive end, averaging a career-best 16.4 points. He was the only player nationally to average 16.0 points, 6.0 assists, 4.0 rebounds and less than 2.0 turnovers per game.
The sure-handed point guard concluded his career by breaking the NCAA single-season (5.17) and career (4.65) assist-to-turnover ratios. He is just the eighth player in Division I history to lead the nation in a stat category in three different seasons.
Morris, Iowa State’s 20th All-American, broke school records for career assists (768) and steals (225) in addition to the assist-to-turnover mark. He was 11th in school history in scoring with 1,708 points and just the seventh college player since 1992-93 to collect 1,700 points, 700 assists, 500 rebounds and 200 steals. Of those seven players, only Morris (165 turnovers) had fewer than 365 turnovers.
Morris had 10 games with 20 or more points as a senior, matching his total from his first three seasons. He scored a career-high 30 points in Iowa State’s win at Oklahoma State.
Morris becomes the fifth player and third point guard that Iowa State head coach Steve Prohm has had drafted in his six years as a college coach (Murray State and Iowa State).