Butler guard Ethan Morton was considered one of the top players in Pennsylvania entering this season and that way of thinking was validated today as the Butler star won a prestigious award.
The future Purdue Boilermaker was named the Gatorade Pennsylvania Player of the Year, after averaging 23.4 points, 13 rebounds and 8.3 assists per game this season.
”It’s a great honor to receive an award like this, especially when you see all the outstanding players who have won it in the past,” Morton tells Pittsburgh Sports Now. “That is something I will never take for granted and always cherish. It wouldn’t have been possible without my teammates, we all played together and for each other this year with so much love and passion.”
”Hopefully we get a chance to continue our season at some point soon. Also without Coach Clement and the rest of the staff this never would of happened. They have always pushed me and put in great positions to succeed, but most of all they always believed and trusted in me. Finally, the community has been amazing this year and without their constant support our season would’ve been much different.”
By winning this award, Morton is now a candidate for the Gatorade Boys Basketball National Player of the Year, which has been won by future NBA stars such as Jason Kidd (1992), Paul Pierce (1995), Chris Bosh (2002) and Karl-Anthony Towns (2013, 2014).
The last two Gatorade Pennsylvania Player of the Year winners were Kennedy Catholic’s Oscar Tshiebwe, who went on to play for West Virginia and Mars’ Robby Carmody, who’s playing for Notre Dame.
Morton and Butler won the WPIAL Class 6A title last month are were currently still playing for the PIAA Class 6A title before the coronavirus pandemic shutdown all sports activities.