Four-star junior guard Arterio Morris is back at Kimball after brief transfer to California prep school

In recent years it’s become somewhat common for high-profile younger basketball players to leave the Dallas area for prep schools elsewhere.

Cade Cunningham, formerly the top recruit in the country, started at Arlington Bowie before transferring to Montverde Academy in Florida. Jahmi’us Ramsey, a second-round pick of the Sacramento Kings in last month’s draft, started at Mansfield Summit, transferred to IMG Academy in Florida, and then transferred again to Oak Hill Academy before finishing his high school career at Duncanville.

After last season, Kimball’s Arterio Morris — the 2020 Dallas Morning News Newcomer of the Year — did just that, transferring to Prolific Prep in Napa, California, but now he’s back.

Kimball coach Nick Smith confirmed to The News Wednesday that Morris — a junior committed to Memphis — is back playing at Kimball, adding that he’s been back at the school since early October.

Getting Morris back is a huge boost for a Kimball team that went 30-7 and was one win away from the state tournament a year ago, but lost to Lancaster in the regional final.

As a sophomore, Morris averaged 22.2 points, 7.4 rebounds, 7.2 assists and 3.1 steals.

“Having Arterio back as a Kimball Knight is putting us back at the level we ended at last season in the regional finals,” Smith said.

Morris — the No. 22 prospect in the country, according to Rivals — is already off to a fast start in his return to Kimball. Through six games he’s averaging 23.2 points, 6.4 rebounds, 5.3 assists and 2.2 steals per game.

On Tuesday Morris scored 30 points in a loss to Lewisville iSchool Entrepreneurial Academy and five-star junior guard Keyonte George, who was an all-state player at Lewisville a year ago.

Kimball is currently 4-2 with a tough stretch of games coming up. Grand Prairie, Plano John Paul II — featuring Texas A&M signee Manny Obaseki and Texas Tech signee Jaylon Tyson — and Richardson are all on the schedule the next six days.

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