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Bill Morris was on the men’s basketball team at Fullerton College from 1960-62. He was voted “Player of the Year” during the 1961-62 season. His freshman year he helped the Hornets win their second State Championship. Morris played 28 games, and averaged 25.3 points per game his sophomore season. He is still ranked among the top ten highest scorers with 710 points. He also ranked 4th in points with a high score of 43 in a single game.

In 1952, when he was 9 years old, his father began taking him to see the great Alex Omalev basketball teams play.

In High School Bill’s father took him to see the West Virginia vs. Cal basketball game where he met his idol Jerry West. From that point on, he fell in love with basketball. He truly believes basketball is a team game with each player carrying out specific roles.

While in High School Bill’s coach, Tex Wallis, needed him to be the team’s primary scorer, and soon after became ill was the single season scorer in history, the top single game scorer (34 points) in a 75-69 victory against Fullerton, the1960 Athlete of the Year at La Habra High School, and was the1960 Sunset League Player of the Year.

At Fullerton College, during Bill’s first season, his role was to be a playmaker and score from the outside when needed on our State Championship Team. In Bill’s second season, his coach Claude Rutherford asked him to be the team’s scorer. His season average was 26.9 points, he scored 43 points in a single game, scored 82 points in two consecutive games, and had 18 field goals in one game tying the FC record with Walt Simon (1964-65). Morris also had 26 points in one half tying the FC record, had 13 free throws in a row in one game tying a record, he also had a 25.3 point average for 28 games a new record until Walt Simon broke it with 29 in 1965. Morris scored 710 points in a single season and also scored 942 points for his career at FC. Bill was the Art Nunn Award Winner for Best Athlete in school, and was a Junior College All American in 1962.