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Markieff, Marcus Morris go in first round of NBA

Published: Friday, July 31 2015 2:11 p.m. MDT

FILE - This March 18, 2011, file photo shows Kansas forward Markieff Morris dunking against Boston University in the second half of a Southwest Regional NCAA tournament second round college basketball game, in Tulsa, Okla. Morris is a top prospect in the 2011 draft.  (Charlie Riedel, File, Associated Press) FILE - This March 18, 2011, file photo shows Kansas forward Markieff Morris dunking against Boston University in the second half of a Southwest Regional NCAA tournament second round college basketball game, in Tulsa, Okla. Morris is a top prospect in the 2011 draft. (Charlie Riedel, File, Associated Press)

LAWRENCE, Kan. — In a surprise to most Kansas fans, Markieff Morris has been taken one pick ahead of twin brother Marcus in the first round of the NBA draft.

The Phoenix Suns made the 6-9 Markieff Morris the 13th pick in the first round. About five minutes later — roughly the time that separated the brothers' birth 21 years ago — Marcus went to the Houston Rockets with the 14th pick.

A tremendous passer as well as well as a skilled scorer and rebounder, Markieff Morris led Kansas and the Big 12 last season with a 58.9 field goal percentage and 8.3 rebounds per game. He averaged almost 14 points per game and shot 42 percent from behind the 3-point arc.

Marcus, about an inch shorter than Markieff, led the Jayhawks in scoring with 17.2 points per game and also has super passing skills.

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