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Porter Morell, Elk River basketball, sr., 2012-13 ORG XMIT: MIN1302111419371041
The most memorable moment of senior Porter Morrell’s basketball career came just a week ago when Elk River beat Osseo by one point in the Northwest Suburban conference. The Elks held Osseo to just 46 points on senior night.
“[Junior forward] Clay Elrod hit the game-winning three with one second left,” Morrell said. “That’s something I’m never going to forget. That’s the best game I’ve ever been a part of so far in my life.”
Fans storming the court after the game made the night even more unforgettable. The captain said the feeling was just as euphoric as the Gophers upsetting then-No. 1 Indiana last week.
“There was a few less people, though,” Morrell said.
Elk River is seeded No. 2 in the Section 8 Class 4A tournament after tying for third in its conference. Morrell said he is hoping for an even more memorable moment to end his senior season — a trip to the state tournament.
What were your team’s goals this season? We wanted to keep teams under 50 points. We wanted to take… top-three in the conference and we wanted to win our section.
How do you feel about your section chances? It’s nice to have a home game. We for sure wanted to be one of the top-four spots for a home game. That was one of our goals. But then after that, you know, you have to beat everybody to win your section… We feel pretty confident.
Are you the offensive leader with 17.4 points per game 5.2 and assists per game? I have the ball the most as the point guard. I’m kind of in control. My job is to kind of get us into sets… and to control the pace and make sure that we’re running our offense. And then it’s also at times, I have to score.
Will you play college ball? I’m undecided exactly what college I want to go to, but I do plan on playing basketball if I get the opportunity.
What are your options? Northwestern [in Roseville] and St. Scholastica are the two schools that have kind of been contacting me and then also Jamestown out in North Dakota, they offered me a scholarship earlier… I’ll wait until after the season’s done. I’m hoping I got elected to that all-star series for the Minnesota state. Hoping maybe some scouts could see me there.
Any pregame jams? With this group, we kind of like it quiet before games in the locker room and stuff. We don’t play any music or anything. … We bring some balls down we do some dribbling and stuff. But mostly it’s just really quiet.
Nickname? Yeah, it’s actually Juice… It kind of started in seventh grade. My teammates started to say my jump shot was 110 percent pure just like Juicy Juice.
What’s your legacy at Elk River? You always want to be able to beat Rogers. That’s kind of a rivalry game and so that would be something I’d want people to remember. And then also probably going to state.
Megan Ryan is a University of Minnesota student reporter on assignment for the Star Tribune.