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Former Michigan PG, NBA vet Darius Morris dead at 33

Saturday afternoon brought tragic news to Michigan’s sports landscape Darius Morris was found dead at the age of 33. According to TMZ, Morris was discovered in the Los Angeles area on Thursday, although specific details about his cause of death have not been released.

“It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our dearly beloved son, Darius Aaron Morris,” Morris’ family told TMZ. “During this period of transition, his family asks that you please respect their wishes for privacy and grace.”

During his two-year stint as a Wolverine, Morris helped run John Beilein’s offense and was a productive passer as Michigan’s point guard. During the 2010–11 season, Morris led the Big Ten in assists, and he earned their team’s All-Big Ten honors for his standout campaign. That year, Morris also set the UM record for assists in a single season with 235 helpers on the year, although both Trey Burke and Zavier Simpson would later eclipse that mark.

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After college, Morris was selected in the second round of the 2011 NBA Draft by the Los Angeles Lakers (No. 41 overall). Morris spent two seasons with the Lakers before bouncing between the Philadelphia 76ers, Los Angeles Clippers, Memphis Grizzlies and Brooklyn Nets over the next two seasons before playing basketball in China and France to complete his career.

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