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BYU basketball recruiting: Things about to pick up for 2017 shooter Wes Morgan

The young shooter officially becomes a junior soon and expects action from coaches around the country.

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When June 15 arrives, North Carolina sharpshooter Wes Morgan expects his recruitment to pick up major steam, including from the likes of BYU.

On that date, the 6-foot-7 guard from the class of 2017 becomes a junior according to recruiting rules, which means he can begin receiving calls and texts directly from college coaches.

Morgan, who is receiving intense interest from a few colleges a little closer to home, also expects to be hearing from the likes of BYU associate head coach Tim LaComb.

"I definitely like BYU, it's a school I can see myself playing at. They love shooters, and I'm a shooter," Morgan told Vanquish The Foe in a phone interview. "The coach who has been recruiting me is Coach LaComb, who is now the associate head coach. They've been to a couple of my games."

Morgan hasn't made any trips to Provo yet because of the financial aspect of traveling across the country, but fans online have picked up on the mutual interest between he and BYU.

"I get a lot of love from the BYU fans. It's a really strong fan base, and I really love that about BYU. I definitely want to be playing at a school that has a good fanbase supporting the team."

His only official offer is from Maryland-Eastern Shore of the MEAC, which came through his high school coach, but as the live-period AAU circuit approaches more offers should come.

Morgan recently spent some time on an unofficial visit to West Virginia and started landing on the radar at Ole Miss. Closer to home, Morgan reports heavy interest from Appalachian State and Winthrop.

"I'm going to Appalachian State's elite camp in mid-June," Morgan said. "The coaching staff seems to love me, so hopefully that's one of my offers."

Morgan, a sophomore from Ardrey Kell High School in Charlotte, also reports major interest from Iowa, Notre Dame, Xavier, Loyola (Maryland), and James Madison.

At 6-foot-7, Morgan piques coaches' interest as a long shooting guard who can knock down the three spotting up or on the move. With his youth, Morgan still has plenty of time to fill in both his game and his frame, and could be a very valuable combo guard-forward at the college level.

July will bring a lot of exposure for Morgan as his AAU team, Team Loaded, will hit Las Vegas, Wisconsin, and Atlanta on the Adidas Gauntlet Uprising circuit that month. July is a live-period recruiting month, so coaches can attend these games and speak with recruits directly.

Morgan, a self-identified Southern Baptist, isn't concerned with the prospect of attending a faith-based school and playing in a religious environment, and has been getting pointers from a few classmates.

"I'm just trying to go to the school that's the best fit for me as a player and a man, and it's going to be where I get my education for four years," Morgan said. "It being a religious school, I have no problem whatsoever. I love that environment, and I love their style of play.

"Not being Mormon doesn't really affect me at all in the decision. I have a couple friends in some of my classes who are Mormon, we always talk about BYU together. He tells me stuff about the Book of Mormon, he kind of fills me in and teaches me about Mormonism a little bit," Morgan said.

Does Morgan see a visit in his future?

"I'm definitely going to take an official visit going into my senior year, as long as I get the offer."

Here are some of Morgan's high school highlights: