John Beilein issues a heartfelt statement on the death of former Michigan guard Darius Morris

After news broke about the dead of former Michigan guard Darius Morrishis former coach Johannes Beilein responded on social media. Beilein took to X (formerly Twitter) to issue a heartfelt statement about his former star point guard.

“Saddened to hear of the passing of former Wolverine Darius Morris,” Beilein wrote. “In 2010-11, Darius was our starting pt gd. He was a leader in that program-changing 21-win season that laid the foundation for Michigan’s next decade of success. RIP DMo and condolences to the Morris family.”

Morris played for Michigan from 2009 to 2011, putting together his best season as a sophomore. He averaged 15 points to go along with 4.0 rebounds and 6.7 assists as the Wolverines went 21-14 overall and 9-9 in Big Ten play for their second NCAA Tournament appearance under Beilein’s tutelage.

Morris died this week at the age of 33. At the time of publication, no cause of death had been announced.

More about Darius Morris’ NBA journey

After his time at Michigan ended, Morris became a second-round draft pick, heading to the Los Angeles Lakers as the No. 41 overall pick in 2011. He spent four seasons in the N.B.A, playing for the Lakers, Clippers, Philadelphia 76ers, Memphis Grizzlies and Brooklyn Nets from 2011-15. After the end of his NBA career, he played international basketball until his retirement in 2020.

Morris began his career in the NBA D-League – now known as the G-League – making his debut in January 2012. The following offseason, he re-signed with the Lakers, where he would manage the Lakers from 2012-2013. Summer League team in scoring and assists. In one of the opening games of the season, he would record one of the best games of his Lakers career after replacing the injured Steve Nash with 10 points, five rebounds, five assists and a steal in a 101–77 victory.

Morris joined the Philadelphia 76ers before the 2013 season but was waived at the end of November. He never saw a steady stint with another team during his NBA career. From there, he spent 10-day contracts with the Grizzlies, spent the 2014 offseason with the San Antonio Spurs Summer League squad and was signed and subsequently waived by the Portland Trail Blazers before the season. He landed on the Brooklyn Nets in December 2014 and spent the rest of the season there.

Barkley Truax contributed to this report.