When former Badger Zach Morley’s name is brought up, I would venture to say that most people immediately think of one thing … the hair. Who can forget Coach Ryan’s famous line that was caught on ESPN’s “The Season,” during a timeout huddle at the Michigan game (I think) – “When we get back to Madison, he needs to get his hair cut” or something along those lines. Then the ESPN cameras followed Zach to Cost Cutters.
As you can see from this video, Zach cut his hair but didn’t lose any of his moves. After two years with the Badgers, during which he helped UW win a Big Ten tournament title and advance to the Elite Eight of the NCAA tournament, Morley moved on to Spain. A few days ago, he helped his team, Leche Rio Breogan, win the Prince’s Cup. Here’s the story (reprinted from Eurobasket.com):
“Leche Rio Breogan won the Prince's Cup, a tournament played in Zaragoza between the four best teams of LEB Gold after the first 17 games of the league.
In the first Semifinal Alicante defeated Bruesa GBC with the adding of Keith Waleskowski as main weapon. The team of Quim Costa was able to get a nice gap when they stopped Bernard Hopkins (199-F-73, college: Va Commonwealth), the leader of Bruesa.
The second semifinal was a surprise because CAI, the host of the tournament, was defeated by Breogan in a fast game where the reds came back 14 points to die in the final play. The just arrived player Daniel Clark (210-C-88) was the main reason of Breogan's victory.
In the Final game, Roberto Morentin led Breogan against his former team, but Josh Fisher was very hot and scored 18 points in the first half to give the lead to Alicante. The team of Quim Costa was about 7 points till the end of the game, when Ignacio Ordin (184-G-78) set the equality. With one second remaining everybody thought about the overtime, but in the last second Zach Morley (203-F-83, college: Wisconsin) hit a triple and the title went to Lugo.”
Not the best English but you get the idea. The picture at the top of the blog is the actual game-winning shot.
Zach was kind enough to fill out a little questionnaire to update Badger fans on his LAM (Life After Madison). Here it is:
NAME: Zach Morley
YEAR OF GRADUATION: Finished playing in 2005, but still taking summer classes to finish up my degree.
HOMETOWN: Maryville, Mo.
CURRENT CITY OF RESIDENCE: Lugo, Spain
FAMILY: None yet
CURRENT JOB: Small Forward for Leche Rio Breogan in LEB Oro
LAST TIME BACK IN MADISON: Summer 2007
NUMBER OF GAMES ATTENDED SINCE GRADUATION: As many as my schedule has allowed, 4.
BADGERS YOU STILL KEEP IN TOUCH WITH:
ANYTHING YOU WANT TO SHARE WITH BADGER FANS: Thanks for all the support you showed to us during my playing career. It was an honor to put on the Wisconsin uniform and play for the best fans. I just wish I could have done it for a couple more years. GO BADGERS!