Gamecocks Add Another Piece in Morris Ugusuk from Finland
South Carolina Athletics
High school signee reclassifies and is seventh member of South Carolina's 2023 signing class
COLUMBIA, S.C. – South Carolina men’s basketball announced the addition of another player on Wednesday for the upcoming 2023-24 season with high school signee Morris Ugusuk. The lengthy 6-4 guard hails from Helsinki, Finland.
“Morris is the epitome of big time potential,” said head coach Lamont Paris. “He is very skilled with the ball and can really create good situations when it is in his hands. He can also shoot with deep range. For a young player, his basketball savvy is already outstanding. I can’t wait to see how it all comes together once his body really begins to respond to college level strength and conditioning. He’s a great kid, and we are very happy to have him in Columbia.”
This past season, Ugusuk averaged 17.2 points, 5.3 assists, 4.3 rebounds and 2.2 steals per game for Omnia Basketball Academy.
Last season, Ugusuk played for Pantterit Helsinki in the Finnish 1st Division and averaged 12.0 points, 2.8 assists and 2.8 rebounds in five games. He shot 58.5 percent from the floor and 60.0 percent from behind the arc. The team was undefeated in his five appearances for the club.
Ugusuk represented his home country at the 2022 FIBA U18 European Championship. He averaged 9.1 points, 3.1 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.7 steals per game. His numbers were efficient as he played 19.7 minutes per game in seven appearances helping Finland to a third-place finish.
2023 Gamecock Men’s Basketball Signees
Stephen Clark^ – 6’9 forward – Charlotte, N.C. (The Citadel)
Arden Conyers* – 6’6 guard – Blythewood, S.C. (Westwood HS)
Ta’Lon Cooper^ – 6’4 guard – Roebuck, S.C. (Minnesota)
B.J. Mack^ – 6’8 forward – Charlotte, N.C. (Wofford)
Collin Murray-Boyles* – 6’7 forward – Columbia, S.C. (Wasatch Academy)
Myles Stute^ – 6’7 guard – Washington, D.C. (Vanderbilt)
Morris Ugusuk& – 6’4 guard – Helsinki, Finland (Omnia Basketball Academy)
^ – transfer
* – high school signee part of early signing period in November
& – high school signee