Matt Morgan withdraws from NBA Draft and looks to return to Cornell basketball

On Monday, ESPN’s Jeff Goodman tweeted that Cornell’s Matt Morgan would withdraw from the upcoming NBA Draft. That same day, Raphy Gendler of the Cornell Daily Sun reported that Morgan will return to the school and the team for his senior year. Noted Morgan in a text to the school paper, “It was in my best interest to come back and play one more year and finish out not only my athletic career but also my academic career. It was great going through the process again but I’m glad to officially be back and getting ready for another run with my team.”

Morgan had tested the NBA Draft waters for the first time in the spring of 2017. During that time, he received interest from the Golden State Warriors, Minnesota Timberwolves, and Washington Wizards. He took the information from that process and used it to have his strongest season at Cornell. Not only did he lead the Ivy League in scoring for the third straight season, but his career-best 22.5 points per game was the 11th highest in the nation. The Concord, N.C. shooting guard ended the 2017-2018 season with an active 51-game double-digit scoring streak, while being named a member of the All-Ivy first team and the Lou Henson All-America team. His 1,646 points are third on the Big Red’s all-time list, 17 points behind John Bajusz and 382 points behind Ryan Wittman’s record 2,028.

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Cornell freshman Xavier Eaglin charged with first-degree rape

The Cornell Daily Sun reported Tuesday night that Cornell freshman forward Xavier Eaglin was arrested Sunday on charges of rape, sexual assault and strangulation, per the Cornell University Police Department.

Eaglin was charged with first-degree rape, three counts of first-degree criminal sexual assault and criminal obstruction of breathing or blood circulation. According to the Daily Sun, he was arraigned Monday and remanded to the Tompkins County Jail in lieu of $50,000 cash bail or $100,000 bond. The Daily Sun further reported that, according to university police, a preliminary hearing will be held Friday at 2:30 p.m.

Eaglin played just nine minutes in six games this season, most recently in a home loss to Yale, which is dealing with its own allegedly sexual assault-related controversy in the aftermath of Jack Montague’s departure last month as a student from the university, where posters accusing the team of “supporting a rapist” continue to show up on campus despite that claim not being substantiated by authorities.

The news of Eaglin’s arrest follows the death of Cornell President Elizabeth Garrett Sunday, constituting a tragic and disastrous day and week for the university.