Skylar Morgan signs basketball scholarship with Alcorn State

Published 12:00 am Thursday, April 14, 2016

NATCHEZ — Skylar Morgan ran through a human tunnel of Alcorn State alumni inside the auditorium of Natchez High School Wednesday morning as students chopped to the rhythm of the Braves battle hymn.

Morgan signed basketball scholarship papers Wednesday morning with Alcorn State, becoming the htird Natchez college signee in the last week. Ernesha Chatm and and Zyaire Ewing signed with Hinds Community College last week, and Natchez coach Alphake said it’s the first time she has had a trio sign scholarship papers.

“It’s really exciting, it’s like my own kids are signing,“ Moore said. “I’m very proud of them and excited they get to continue their education. All the talks we’ve had about the future are here.”

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Morgan was finished after racing through the human tunnel. The future ASU standout then jogged on stage and showed her classmates and teachers a few dance moves. Morgan said she had no idea the Natchez faculty had decorated the auditorium in purple and gold and a dozen or so Alcorn alumni would attend the signing.

“I didn’t know (a presentation) was coming,“ Morgan said. “It was amazing that everyone was here for me.“

Morgan said she is already running and working out daily. She said she is not sure what position she will play on the Alcorn women’s basketball team.

Morgan is a former state championship game MVP in 2015, when she recorded 15 points and 11 rebounds.

Morgan had to take on an increased role this season for Natchez after Ewing went down with an ACL injury in midseason.

“I’ve learned to be a team leader and carry myself as a young woman, because everyone looks up to me,” Morgan said.

Morgan said her MVP recognition opened a door for lots of colleges and junior colleges to begin to contact her. Morgan said that Alcorn State, however, reached out to her later than most of the school she was considering — midway through her senior season. Morgan said she was also considering Southeastern Louisiana University.

“I liked how the coaches made me feel welcome when I went on my visit,“ Morgan said. “Since then I’ve just wanted to go to Alcorn. It felt like it was home.”

Morgan plans on majoring in physical education to be a basketball coach after graduation.