Former Michigan basketball star guard Darius Morris has reportedly died at the age of 33

Former Michigan basketball player Darius Morris has died, according to reports. He was 33.

A program spokesperson could not confirm the news early Saturday afternoon, but TMZ shared a statement from the Morris family. The cause of death has not been announced.

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

Morris was a standout with the Wolverines from 2009-2011, including when he set a then-program record with 235 assists and was named third-team All-Big Ten during his sophomore season. The Los Angeles native averaged 15.0 points and 6.7 assists that year before entering the NBA draft after his sophomore season and being selected by his hometown Lakers with the 41st pick in 2011.

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Overall, Morris averaged 9.9 points, 4.8 assists and 2.9 rebounds per game in 67 games (53 starts) over two seasons in Ann Arbor.

Former Michigan coach John Beilein posted on social media following Morris’ death.

“Saddened to hear of the passing of former Wolverine Darius Morris,” Beilein posted on X (formerly Twitter). “In 2010-2011, Darius was our starting pt gd (sic). He was a leader in that program that turned a 21-win season and laid the foundation for the next decade of success at Michigan. RIP DMo and condolences to the family Morris.”

The 2010–11 season began with a string of four consecutive NCAA tournament appearances for UM, during which the Wolverines won two Big Ten regular season titles and reached the national championship game (2013) and the Elite Eight (2014).

Morris spent parts of two seasons with the Lakers, including the 2012-13 season, when he got all 17 starts of his career alongside Kobe Bryant. He later spent time with the Philadelphia 76ers, Los Angeles Clippers, Memphis Grizzlies and Brooklyn Nets; Morris averaged 3.3 points, 1.4 assists and 1.0 rebounds in 132 games over six years. His last NBA game was in the 2014-2015 season.

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