Limerick Celtics have welcomed Ohio basketball ace Turrell Morris for this year’s National League season, and he’s hoping to make a good impression in the coming months.
Having arrived in Limerick just a few weeks ago, Turrell has been training with his teammates who have won 5 from 7 games in the League so far.
Speaking of his aims for the season, Turrell said: “The goal is always the same – to win the championship and to help build up the younger teams in the club and help them move towards future success and to teach great skills and competitiveness.”
“I hope that the seed blooms into something beautiful in the future. I think the players have a lot of love for the game,” he added.
Many teams in the National League welcome players from the US each season and for Turrell, Limerick was the place of choice which has turned out to be better than he had hoped for.
“The transition was a bit rough at first but I’m doing well now. I believe it was mostly getting used to the rain and because rain often makes me sleepy I had to break out of that or Iʼd be sleep all the time!
“Iʼve met some great people here already seen a few sights and plan to learn to enjoy more along the way,” explained the 30-year-old.
As the season continue and the stakes get higher the talented player is hopeful Limerick Celtics will do well saying: “The national league is a nice competitive league where you have to bring your game and focus every time you step on the court and be prepared because anything can happen.
“Itʼs a competitive league that gives me more hunger to want to be on top.”
The people and city of Limerick have made a long0-lasting impression and although not knowing much about the city on arrival, Turrell has only good things to say about the warm welcome he has received.
“The Limerick Celtics was my choice of teams to play for this season, because of what Iʼve heard about Ireland the Greenlandʼs and some of the history. Limerick people are very kind and helpful, they have been very helpful and warming from my moments of arrival,” he said.
“My favourite thing about Limerick would definitely have to be the downtown scenery by King John’s Castle, the Waterfront, the bridges and the restaurants along with the lights complementing the city at night,” he added.
With his goals in motion and his fondness of the city and people growing everyday, Turrell made it clear that he is very thankful to those he has met so far.
“To the people who have helped my and supported me so far I want to say thank you. Thanks for all the time and energy sown into making this experience all that it is. Thank you to my teammates and Basketball Ireland for putting together a great league looking to have a great year #Goceltics.”