Jessup offers Grayson, Morris chance to remain teammates

July 7, 2011 

It's become an inside joke with the Merced College women's basketball program, but Porsha Grayson and Rebecca Morris claim that they didn't go out of their way to stay together.

The former Golden Valley and Lady Devil standouts have been attached at the basketball hip since middle school. Every time one has stepped onto the court in the last nine years, the other has been right there with her.

The duo was looking forward to something new.

As it so often does, life had other plans.

Morris was all set to join former Merced College guard Alyssa Wright at Bethany University.

The 5-foot-9 forward was signed up and ready to move on to the next phase of her collegiate life when the university suddenly announced that it would be closing in June.

"I took it pretty hard," Morris said. "I'll put it this way. I either wear contacts if I go out, or glasses. I didn't wear contacts for like four days, because I just stayed home.

"I really didn't want to start the process over of looking for a school."

Fortunately, a school came to Morris. (With the help of the Bethany coaching staff, Wright is looking for another school to latch on to.)

William Jessup University, an NAIA school in Rocklin, was already courting Grayson. When head coach Guin Boggs learned Morris was available, he put in a call to MC coach Allen Huddleston.

"Rebecca does a lot of the little things that don't show up in the stat column," Huddleston said. "To have a person of her character on any team is a big asset, and the coach knew right away after meeting her that he wanted her."

Unaware of Morris' decision, Grayson pulled a 180 on her recruitment and opted to to go to William Jessup as well.

"I really wanted to get out of California and try something new," Grayson said. "I was all ready to go to school in Boston when I started thinking about how far I'd be away from my little sister.

"I liked the coach at William Jessup a lot and thought I'd be able to get along really well with the players. It became an easy decision."

The duo joins a William Jessup squad that went 13-18 a year ago and lost to Holy Names in the conference championship game.

Morris and Grayson give the Lady Devils four sophomores that have moved on to four-year schools with forward Kenyatta Harper joining Talladega College and center Linda Murray signing with the University of Mary.

That makes 13 of Huddleston's players that have moved on in the last three years.

"We've been really fortunate to have kids that come in and listen, and want to learn," Huddleston said. "I'm very pleased for this particular group to get to continue their educations and their basketball careers."

Copus joins Bethany

Krista Copus cashed in a good sophomore year with the MC softball team by signing to join Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kan.

Copus led the team with a .356 average, three home runs and 25 RBI. Bethany also lost in the conference title game last year.

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