GOODMAN --- Holmes Community College sophomore forward Laricka Morgan from Morton has signed a national letter of intent to play basketball next season for the Delta State University Lady Statesmen.
Morgan, who averaged 6.1 points per game and 5.2 rebounds per game, helped lead the Lady Bulldogs to the MACJC and Region XXIII Tournaments this season and last season.
Delta State won the Gulf South Conference Championship last season after going 22-7 overall and 16-6 in conference play and fell in the first round of the NCAA South Region versus Nova Southeastern.
Morgan's brother, Willie Readus, was an All-American at Delta State and was the Gulf South Conference Player of the Year. While he played there, Morgan learned a lot about the university. "While he played there, I watched women's basketball team, and I really liked their program and how their coaches went about things and how they played."
"I really enjoyed Holmes, the coaches, staff and my teammates," she said of Holmes. "The last two years we went to the playoffs. We feel short versus Co-Lin, but it was a good experience.
"I feel my strengths are rebounding and playing down low," she said. Morgan had a double-double in the first round of the Region XXIII Tournament scoring 21 points and pulling in 10 rebounds. "Toward the end of the year I was thinking about playoffs. I really wanted to make something out of my last year. I know it happened toward the end of the year, but it was playoff time."
Holmes Head Coach Jamilah Andrews said Morgan battled through injuries during her time at Holmes, but she's proud of the way she finished her Holmes' career. "I'm extremely proud of Laricka," Andrews said. "She had great dedication and hard work after those injuries. I'm really excited for her to have an opportunity to go to Delta State and play.
"She's a power forward so she can play with her back to the basket," she said. "She's a very strong player, can rebound, very athletic and also has a nice mid-range jumper. They were looking for some post players. I'm expecting Laricka to have a great career at Delta State. I expect her to go in and play right away. She has experience and has worked very hard on her game."
Andrews echoed Morgan's comment on her play versus East Central in the Region Tournament. "I think the East Central game was Laricka's best career game," Andrews said. "She came out and relaxed. She played with authority and played with all of the things we had talked to her about her earlier and throughout the season. She came in and stepped up and had a dynamic game."