HOCO’s TJ Morgan gets first offer, Veterans’ Horace Johnson commits to Huntingdon College

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WARNER ROBINS, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Houston County senior point guard TJ Morgan wasn’t sure if he’d even play college basketball after injuring his knee mid-season. But he never gave up.

As a result, TJ finally got his first offer to play college basketball from Middle Georgia State University.

He’s a crafty lefty who’s tough to guard. His first step is lethal, and he can also shoot.

TJ averaged 12 points, five assists and three steals this past season. He led the Bears to the Sweet 16, their first-ever Bear Brawl and a region championship. He was also named Honorable Mention in 6-A.

Here’s TJ on picking up his first offer:

Houston County senior point guard TJ Morgan.

“To me, man, it’s like so surreal. It’s such a blessing to get my first offer because, to be honest, I didn’t even think I would ever get an offer. I was kind of giving up on himself. But, it’s just a blessing, especially after this injury I had with my knee to get my first offer. It feels good.”

TJ hasn’t signed with Middle Georgia State yet, but if he does, here’s what he expects to bring to the team:

“I would just bring leadership. I’m a natural born leader. I will bring a guard who can get everybody involved, and one who can also create his own shot and score. I just want to bring a winning mentality to the program, and like I said, just lead the group in the right direction.”

Veterans High School has another player heading to the next level. Senior small forward Horace Johnson committed to Huntingdon College in Montgomery, Alabama. He took to Twitter to announce his commitment.

Horace averaged better than 10 points and five rebounds per game his senior season. He’s athletic, can play and defend multiple positions.

Veterans small forward Horace Johnson.

Horace led the Warhawks to the second-round of the state playoffs, and was named Honorable Mention in 5-A.

Here’s Horace on why he made the decision to sign with Huntingdon College:

“Last year during the summer, I went there for a camp and they showed me around. I proved to them that I could be there. And ever since that camp, they always made sure I was good. And then I went there again earlier this year, the day before my birthday, I believe, and they just made me feel like I’m at home.”

Horace definitely has the tools to thrive at the college level, but he says he simply just wants to enjoy it.

“I mean, I just want to have fun. That’s most important. I think that’s really important in doing something, is to have fun. You know, championships can come along the way, but if you’re not having fun then it’s probably not for you. So, I just want to have fun.”

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Montezz Allen joined 41NBC as a sports reporter in 2019. He was born and raised on the West Side of Detroit, Michigan, but spent seven years in Chicago, Illinois. While there, he worked as a Sports Anchor at NCTV17, a Sports/News Reporter at Urban Broadcast Media and an Assistant Producer at WBBM-AM Newsradio — the No. 1-ranked news radio station in Chicago. He also made frequent guest appearances on WCIU's "The Jam" and The D & Davis Sports Radio Show at "670 The Score." He graduated from Oakland University — located in Rochester, Mich. — where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism in 2012 and then earned a Master of Arts from DePaul University in Chicago in 2014. He's the first person out of his immediate family to achieve the feat of earning a college degree — let alone two of them. He's extremely proud of that. Tezz has a strong love for the game of basketball. He played most of his life. It's his passion. He admits that he's a Kobe Bryant fan and believes the "Black Mamba" is the second greatest player of ALL TIME, hands down. In his spare time, Montezz loves to workout, travel, shop for the latest fashion and spend time with his family. Tezz is excited to be in Middle Georgia, and is looking to tell the best sports stories he possibly can. Don't hesitate to hit him up at mallen@41nbc.com.