About Morris Peterson Jr
NBA veteran Morris Peterson Jr. had an impressive basketball career. It began in the blue-collar city of Flint, Michigan where he was raised by his parents, Morris Sr. and Valarie Davis-Peterson who were both educators in the Flint Community School system. Upon graduating from Flint Northwestern High School, Morris attended Michigan State University on a full athletic scholarship.
While attending Michigan State, Morris received numerous personal accolades such as being an All-American, first-team All Big Ten and Most Outstanding Player during the 2000 National Championship game which the Spartans won. He finished his collegiate career as the ninth all-time leading scorer at MSU and ranks fifth in three-pointers made (with 146) and attempted (387). As a senior he averaged 16.8 points and 6 rebounds.
After graduating from Michigan State University in 2000 with a Bachelor’s degree in Child Development, Morris was drafted by the National Basketball Association’s Toronto Raptors with the 21st pick. During his 11 year NBA career, he not only played for the Raptors, but the New Orleans Hornets and the Oklahoma City Thunder. Throughout his career, he averaged 10.8 ppg, 2.7 rpg and 0.9 apg.
Morris had his #42 jersey retired at Michigan State’s Breslin Center on January 17, 2009.
He currently resides in the Flint area and owns a transportation company, as well as a clothing line, World Artist Refuge. In addition to his businesses, he does a lot of philanthropic work.
Morris has always had a desire to give back. He understands that his successes were not only the result of hard work on his part, but also the guidance and sacrifices of his family and the support of his community. That’s why it’s important for him to help youth. He was once where they are and knows he was blessed so that he can be a blessing to others.