True picks Morehead

April 23, 2004|JILL ERWIN

A last-minute visit to the University of Kentucky wasn't enough to sway Lincoln County's Jonathan True.

The 6-10 senior signed his national letter-of-intent to play for Morehead State shortly after returning home from a visit to UK Wednesday.

His father, Stefan, took the letter to Morehead Thursday, according to his mother, Lisa.

"I think it's a great fit for him," Lincoln coach Jeff Jackson said. "I think he can play in the (Ohio Valley Conference) and be a very good player.

"Jonathan is young. He won't be 18 until a few days after graduation. He has a very big upside. His best basketball is down the road."


True averaged 16.5 points, 9.8 rebounds and 6.5 blocked shots a game. He also hit 56.5 percent of his shots in leading Lincoln to an 18-12 record and the 45th District championship.

Morehead finished 16-13 last year, third in the OVC. In 2002-03, Morehead shared the OVC championship with a 20-9 record.

Repeated attempts to reach True Thursday were unsuccessful and he did not return phone messages, but his mother said he made the decision that was right for him.

"They've been following him since his sophomore year," Lisa True said. "They made him feel good. He wants to play ball."

He wasn't going to get as much of an opportunity to do that at Kentucky. True's visit with the UK staff had been postponed because of a sickness in coach Scott Rigot's family and the fact that head coach Tubby Smith had been out of town.

Wednesday they met and Lisa True said the visit went well. But in the end, Jonathan True felt Morehead was the place for him.

"He slept on it (Wednesday) night," Lisa True said. "His dad asked him (Thursday) morning and he said 'Morehead.'"

Jackson said True will benefit from the tutelage of Morehead coach Kyle Macy. Macy withdrew his name from consideration for the Tennessee-Chattanooga job Thursday, and had previously turned down an offer to take over at Loyola of Chicago.

"Kyle is doing a great job, and he's a great person," Jackson said. "How he cares about his players and the things he tries to do for them on the court and away from basketball will help Jonathan tremendously. Jonathan feels very comfortable with coach Macy and his entire staff.

"Jonathan hasn't scratched the surface. If he works at it and gets the in-depth instruction I know he'll get at Morehead, he has a chance to be very special."

Macy is pleased to have True in the fold.

"Jonathan has great size, excellent hands and unlimited potential," Macy said in a statement released by Morehead. "I am excited by the thought that his best basketball is still ahead of him as we develop his skills. I believe Jonathan is the sleeper of this year's Kentucky senior class."

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