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Ethan Morton brings team-first mentality to Purdue

Ethan Morton and Butler Area High School were getting set to play in the semifinal round of the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association state tournament.

Posted: Apr 3, 2020 7:09 PM
Updated: Apr 3, 2020 7:18 PM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Ethan Morton and Butler Area High School were getting set to play in the semifinal round of the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association state tournament.

Now the Purdue signee is getting shots up in his driveway.

Butler's quest to capture a state title was put on hold after the PIAA suspended the tournament as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

While it hasn't been officially canceled, Morton's next basketball game more than likely will come in the Gold and Black.

In the meantime, the incoming Purdue freshman is occupying his time by finishing homework and watching several television shows.

In fact, he completed the latest season of the Netflix show Ozark in one day!

It was one in-home visit from Purdue head coach Matt Painter, assistant coach Steve Lutz and Director of Basketball Operations Elliott Bloom that convinced Morton the Boilermakers were the right fit for him.

"They were sincere with everything," Morton said. "They weren't going to blow everything out of proportion and blow smoke up your butt. Everything was just very true. I guess if that's not something for you than maybe you shouldn't come here. I think if you really want to become the best version of yourself and have fun and win a lot of games and have success playing as a team and play for a great coach in front of an amazing fan base than I don't really know why you'd want to pass up on playing that."

Morton picked Purdue over Michigan, Ohio State, Indiana and Pitt among others.

The 6'6 guard helped Butler capture its first section title since 1992. He averaged 23.4 points, 13 rebounds and 8.3 assists a game this season.

The Gatorade Pennsylvania Player of the Year models his game after Magic Johnson.

"His ability to kind of bring out the best in them while also still being himself and being dominate is something I've always tried to kind of emulate," Morton said. "My calling card as I've kind of progressed as a player has been to make people better and just give guys confidence and wanting to make them better and wanting to win."

Morton's primary focus is sustaining Purdue's recent success.

"The bottom line in all of this is winning," Morton said. "Whether I'm playing minutes as a freshman, whether I'm a just a practice player and I have to help the team improve and get ready for each and every game — whatever my role is on the team — whatever they need from me to be most successful is what I'm going to strive and succeed in and be a star in that role."

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