Adrian Branch and Michael Morrison are the two newest Pro Speakers here at Sports World. They may sound familiar to you because they are in fact returning to Sports World. Both Adrian and Michael were Pro Speakers in the late ‘90s and early 2000’s.
Adrian Branch played guard/forward at the University of Maryland where he was the third all-time leading scorer. Adrian went on to be drafted by the Chicago Bulls in 1985 before going on to play with the LA Lakers the following season. In 1987, Adrian played with the likes of Magic Johnson and Kareen Abdul Jabbar as they went on to win the NBA Championship. Adrian’s pro career also included time with the NY Nets, Portland Trail Blazers and Minnesota Timberwolves.
Along with speaking for Sports World, Adrian is an ESPNU College Analyst. He is married to his wife Kim and has three children: Adrian, Kylie and Kori.
Michael Morrison played shooting guard at Loyola University where he was the pre-season player of the year in 1988. Michael went on to have a career in the NBA with Phoenix Suns, Washington Bullets/Wizards and Dallas Mavericks.
In addition to speaking to students for Sports World, Michael is the Talent Development Director of Nike Pre Draft camp. He is married to his wife Harleda and has four children: Tylia, Johanna, Nicholas and Mikayla.
1. What has been one of the best teams you have been on and why?
AB: LA Lakers 1987 World Champship team. They were professional. Also everyone did they’re job. Lead by Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul Jabbar.
MM: The 1989-’90 Phoenix Suns. We where a family not just a team.
2. What was the best arena that you played in and why?
AB: University of Maryland Cole Field House. My home court was always loud and the floor was very bouncy which I loved.
MM: Chicago Stadium when MJ was playing. It was an electric atmosphere. Fans came to watch the game and they know basketball.
3. Who is a “hero” in your life and why?
AB: It’s a family affair. To me, my wife, who is amazing Pr 31 woman, my children because of their deep stand for integrity and my mom and dad.
MM: My dad is my hero because he makes the most out of what he has. He works hard and is a great example of a husband and father.
4. What is your favorite food?
AB: Whatever my wife makes.
MM: My favorite food is seafood.
5. What is your favorite movie?
MM: 300 and Hoosiers are my favorite movies.
6. What is your favorite scripture?
AB: God made man plain and simple but we have made ourselves complicated. -Ecc. 7:29