FLINT TWP. (WJRT) - Monte Morris is typically known for handing out assists on the hardwood, but Sunday the former Beecher Buccaneer basketball standout made his way back home and he didn't come empty handed.
Morris, now a guard for the Denver Nuggets held a water distribution and meet and greet at Villa in Genesee Valley Center Sunday afternoon.
"Just the little bit you can give back it can make a kid’s life or have an impact on anybody," said Morris.
The 2013 Mr. Basketball winner is happy to be able to give back to his community and spread word of the good that happens in Flint.
"Just don't let the water situation, like just having that mind that you're in your head about Flint. There's so much more here,” said Morris.
Morris was joined by teammates Mason Plumlee and Will Barton along with members of the coaching staff, who felt compelled to help after hearing about Morris' hometown.
"He did something really cool,” said Plumlee, the Denver forward. “He gave a presentation to the team about his hometown and how much this place meant to him. So I think that's part of the reason you see the whole staff came out to support.”
Flint wasn't something that Plumlee knew much about until Morris put it on his radar.
"I didn't know anything about Flint, but when he showed us some of the struggles here, it was eye opening to think that was happening here in the US,” said Plumlee. “But I think it's really neat what he did in college coming and giving out water and what he's doing today is really neat too."
Being able to watch him grow up with her nephew, Angela Carstarphen has so much joy seeing Morris and others grow up to be successful but never forget where they came from.
"To grow up in an area where they had a problem and you were able to go out and be a problem solver and come back and give back to you community is important," said Carstarphen.
Morris said he loves seeing more and more kids wearing his jersey in the stands, which he may see plenty of Monday night as the Nuggets take on the Pistons at Little Caesar's Arena.