Andrew Morrissey is from Rockford, Ill., a suburb of Chicago that often gets overlooked in terms of athletic talent, especially basketball.
"Very few D1 kids come out of Rockford," Bill Morrissey, Andrew's dad, said. "It's not because they aren't capable, it's because people get discouraged and the kids don't think big enough."
Andrew's story is one that hits home with high school athletes struggling to get noticed from all corners of the United States and beyond. He has the size, talent, skill, grades and the determination to put himself into a position to play college basketball. The only thing he was lacking? Exposure.
"Going up on the Internet and putting Andrew's name out there with a CaptainU profile, we got a lot of hits," Bill said.
Before creating a CaptainU athlete profile, Andrew had not received a single offer from any school at any level, with only minimal interest from local programs. But Andrew's dream was to play D1 basketball, so the Morrissey family joined CaptainU and started working with the staff on the Platinum Plan.
"It's not just the exposure that we got, it's talking with Nick (Manager of Athlete Success at CaptainU)—it helped so much," Bill said. "The consultations we did with him were huge.
"We've never done this before. We had no idea what we were doing, and the service at CaptainU helped us approach the recruiting process with confidence and knowledge."
That approach, along with the support of his coach, helped Andrew receive a new wave of interest from D1 programs throughout the second half of his AAU season this past summer, and he ultimately committed to a Division-I program as part of their 2018 class.
The best part?
Andrew will be joined on campus by his twin brother, Matt, and they will get the opportunity to take on the college experience together.
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