Eddie P. Morris '75
Hometown: Lithonia, GA
Year Inducted: 1999
One of the best defensive players in the country during his time at Brown, Eddie Morris was a catalyst on one of the most successful and exciting teams in Brown basketball history. In his three-year varsity career (1973-1975), Brown compiled records of 14-12, 17-9 (a record for wins), and 14-12, for a combined 45 wins and 33 losses. In Ivy play during those years, Brown was 31-11.
On a freshman team that had a tremendous season, finishing 18-2, Morris, along with Phil Brown, was the star. He led the high scoring attack, averaging 16.1 points per games. Morris played in 77 of 78 games during his varsity career. As a sophomore, he broke the Brown record for assists in a season with 133, and finished his career ranked first in all-time assists at Brown. He currently ranks fourth on the list, first among those who played only three years.
The Pennsylvania Quakers were sure happy to see him go. In 1973, Morris hit the game-winning basket with three seconds remaining to beat the Quakers. The following year, he nailed two free throws with seven seconds remaining to lift the Bears over Pennsylvania again. Then, he came back the following night and sunk a 20-foot jumper with three seconds left in the game to defeat Princeton.
Eddie earned All-Ivy honors all three seasons of his Brown career, being selected to the First Team as a junior, the Second Team as a senior, and being named Honorable Mention All-Ivy as a sophomore. He is one of only 10 players in Brown history to be named First Team All-Ivy, and all but one are in the Brown Athletic Hall of Fame (the other is not yet eligible). Providence Journal columnist Bill Reynolds called the Brooklyn, New York native "A human hound who pesters, pokes, and can disrupt a team's entire offense by himself."
Morris graduated from Brown in 1975 with a degree in Urban Studies and Anthropology. He is currently a retired law enforcement counselor and resides in Lithonia, Georgia with his wife Doris and his five children, Hashoni (25), Dakarai (21), Omari (17), Armond (12), and Carlos (14).