Beyond the Court: Aneesah Morrow’s Journey, Triumphs, and the Roots of Support

Published 12/28/2023, 9:35 PM EST

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Aneesah Morrow is a name that has been echoing in every arena the LSU Tigers play. With her razzle-dazzle skills, the junior guard has led her team to win back-to-back matches in the ongoing 2023-24 NCAA season. Her strategic prowess and unmatched court vision with the dazzling display of her skills and talent in every match caught the fans’ attention, leaving them wanting to know more about this young prodigy and the pillar of her life – her parents. 

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Morrow has always acknowledged her parents for being her biggest supporters and playing a crucial role in helping her reach her stage. Initially starting her collegiate career at DePaul, her journey took a remarkable turn, earning her accolades such as the WBCA and USBWA National Freshman of the Year in 2022. However, in 2023 Morrow transferred to the LSU Tigers to take her game to the next level. 

Aneesah Morrow’s support system on and off the court

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Aneesah was born to Edward and Nafeesah Morrow, her parents are athletes too. Her father, Edward played as a linebacker at Nebraska, whereas her mother, Nafeesah was an all-conference forward with the Cornhuskers. During her mother’s college days, Coach Doug Bruno approached Nafeesah to convince her to play under him, but she had other plans. While DePaul was her dream college, she decided to play for Nebraska away from all her home distractions, and that’s where she met Aneesah’s father, Edward. During their college careers, both of them led the Cornhuskers to several accolades, including the Cornhuskers’ first NCAA Tournament win. 

In an interview with The Athletic, Nafeesah revealed that after 30 years of approaching Nafeesah to convince them to play for DePaul. Coach Bruno reached out to her again at a suburban girls’ basketball tournament to ask her permission to recruit her daughter Aneesah Morrow. She said, “Doug still thanks me. He’s like, I’m mad that you didn’t come here, but I’m glad you met Ed and you made this beautiful young lady who gets to come play for me.”

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Notably, Aneesah was sending shockwaves in the world with her exceptional skills even before stepping into the realm of college basketball. 

A young phenom

Born in 2003, Aneesah started her basketball career at Simeon Career Academy in Chicago. With her dominating skills and ability to score baskets even in impossible situations, she led the Wolverines to their first-ever city championship in her freshman year. As she moved forward to her junior year, she started averaging 23 points, 12.1 rebounds, and 3.6 assists and led her team to their first state championship in the history of the school’s girls basketball program. In her senior year, she elevated her game again and averaged 28.4 points, 14.3 rebounds, 4.6 assists, 2.9 steals and 2.3 blocks per game.

With her skills and records, several programs were impressed and she received numerous scholarship offers from them. However, Annesah decided to play for the Blue Demons. In her college career debut game, she dropped 31 points and nine rebounds in a game against Texas Southern, setting the stage for what can be expected from her. Moving forward, she averaged 25.7 points and 12.2 rebounds per game.

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“She has this ultra-competitive spirit. She wants to be best in everything,” Coach Bruno said in an interview. “I always believe, a great rebounder has great hands and great vision. They see it early. Dennis Rodman was an early jumper. Her mom had quick eyes to go with a strong game. Visual athleticism is something we recruit.” 

Great things were expected from Aneesah, and she never failed to deliver that. However, she only stayed with the Blue Devils for 2 seasons before transferring to LSU, where she is keeping the fans on their toes in the ongoing 2023-24 NCAA season. 

How has she performed so far?

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The NCAA season as a junior guard started with a huge upset for Aneesah Morrow as the Tigers lost their first game of the season against a #20 ranked Colorado. But being one of the best teams in the league, the Tigers got back up and won every single match since then. However, a dark cloud was looming over the Tigers as the team started to crumble from the inside as their star players Angel Reese and Kateri Poole were sidelined from straight four games because of ‘Coach’s decision’ and ‘Locker Room issues.’

While it has been confirmed that Poole has left the Tigers, Reese returned to play with the team in a game against Virginia Tech after an unexplained absence and the Tigers have finally found their rhythm back. Aneesah is currently averaging 18.3 points, 9.5 rebounds, and 1.2 assists per game and she has been one of the most crucial reasons for the Tiger’s success this season. 

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For now, the athletes are enjoying their holidays, but as soon as they get over, they will be back once again to secure this year’s championship title. 

 

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