Dwayne "Tiny" Morton is in his 15th season as the head coach at Lincoln
High School in Brooklyn, N.Y. During his tenure, the Railsplitters have won seven PSAL titles and three state championships. A former player at the school, Morton has guided talents like Sebastian Telfair and Lance Stephenson.
MaxPreps.com caught up with Morton as his team prepared to face Menomonee Falls (Wis.)
at the Brandon Jennings Invitational in Milwaukee.MaxPreps:
Did you ever cross paths with Brandon Jennings while he was at Dominguez (Compton, Calif.)
or Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.)
Yes, he was very flashy guard that could score. We played him in Florida and they beat us kind of good (Dominguez beat Lincoln 98-88 at the City of Palms Classic). He was a guy I watched play for quite a while coming up through AAU and things like that.MP:
How much time are you able to devote to preparing for an out-of-state team like Menomonee Falls in showcase events like these?DM:
Not a lot, and I think that is a good thing. It prepares them for later in the season when unexpected things come up and they have to react. I kind of like it when we really don't know who we are playing.MP:
Is Isaiah Whitehead
the next superstar talent to come out of Lincoln?DM:
So far. He's been special as a freshman. I really like the fact that he can remain level-headed and come in here and play his game.MP:
Some observers contend that high school basketball in New York City is down. Where do you weigh in on that debate?DM:
It depends on who is writing and who is listening. I think if you look at things this year, a lot of the New York City schools are competing well. Boys & Girls (Brooklyn)
has some good wins over teams from other areas, we have a couple of nice wins. I don't necessarily believe that.MP:
Morton and Telfair are two names synonymous with Lincoln basketball. How much pressure is there on sophomores Tre'vonn Morton
(Tiny's son) and Ethan Telfair
(brother of Sebastian)?DM:
There is definitely a little pressure. There was probably a lot more last season when they were freshmen, people expecting them to come in and do big things. I think Isaiah coming in this year has taken a little of the pressure off.MP:
A lot of people don't know that you are a math teacher. What appeals to you about math?
Numbers don't lie. It's also a subject that a lot of our students struggle with and I'm glad to help out with that.