Morse earns HL honors

YOUNGSTOWN — It’s been two decades since Youngstown State has seen this start in conference play.

Senior point guard Cameron Morse has been the catalyst for the Penguins starting 3-0 in the Horizon League, tied for first place — one of three teams undefeated in league play.

Morse earned his third Horizon League Player of the Week award Monday after wins against Milwaukee and Green Bay for the team’s best start in Horizon League play. He had 22 points and five assists against the Phoenix and 25 points and six assists versus the Panthers.

He leads the Horizon League through three games with 7.3 assists, along with averaging 19 per game. He’s shooting 50 percent from the floor and 46.2 percent from 3-point range.

Morse, who has been a shooting guard his previous two seasons, was a first-team, Horizon League player. He’s found that form in a new role.

“I’m good at getting players involved and looking to be aggressive with my scoring ability,” said Morse of moving to point guard. “It’s what’s best for this team.”

YSU coach Jerrod Calhoun said this new look helps him be more marketable as a professional player following his Penguin playing days.

“If you want to play basketball overseas and play basketball for a living, it’s going to help you make others better,” Calhoun said to Morse. “I think he’s helping these other guys on the floor, getting them really good looks.”

Sophomore wing Braun Hartfield, who leads the Penguins with 15 points a game, saw the transformation in Morse.

“Somewhere in December he realized, ‘I can get a lot of assists and still be able to score a lot of points at the same time,'” Hartfield said. “I think he’s putting two and two together.

“It’s been helping us a lot. We need him to score as well as pass.”