One of the nation’s top prospects in the 2020 class, Butler (Pa.) Area 2020 guard Ethan Morton is beginning to become a popular name in Big Ten country. Taking a handful of visits with more scheduled prior to his sophomore season, Morton saw his offer list grow over the weekend. 

Ohio State, who hosted Morton earlier this month, was the latest to pull the trigger on Sunday.  “New coaching staff and I really like them,” Morton told NY2LASPORTS.COM. “They’ve built a pretty good relationship with us. I think they’re going to turn things around with all the success they had at Butler. Coach (Chris) Holtmann has like an 8-year contract, so he’s going to be there for a while and stability is a big thing. I’m excited to see what they can do.” 

Morton has other offers from Penn State, Iowa, West Virginia, Iowa State, Wisconsin, and more. The Nittany Lions and Mountaineers were the first to pull the trigger over the summer.

Penn State: “It’s an up and coming program. Coach (Patrick) Chambers is doing a great job of bringing the program back. It’s tough at a football school to build success, but he’s doing a great job. He’s getting guys and doing it the right way. Definitely excited to see how they progress over the next couple of years.”

West Virginia: “A great school and I’ve known them for a while. The whole state is behind you down there. It’s a great atmosphere. Getting to play for coach (Bob) Huggins is a great opportunity. He’s an outstanding coach that’s been around for a long time.”

Morton visited Wisconsin on Friday and came away with an offer.  "It was great," Morton said. "I was definitely kind of surprised. We haven't been in contact that long. The campus was great, I really like the coaching staff. They've had a lot of success and stability. "I thought the visit was great. They have great support. The Kohl Center is unbelievable. The facilities are top notch everything. The city has great people."

Iowa followed suit on Saturday.  “Another great campus. We’ve been in contact with them for a little longer. Unique campus and I really got to know coach (Fran) McFaffery pretty well. They like to get up and down and they’ve had a lot of success with a lot of larger point guards. I think it’s a great fit and they have players similar to me.” 

In two weeks, Morton will trip to Indiana and Purdue.

Indiana: “We haven’t heard a ton from them. Coach Archie Miller came to watch me a couple times during the summer. My coach has been in contact with them a little bit. I’m sure it will be a great atmosphere out there.”

Purdue: “We visited last month. They came to watch me work out before then. It was another great Big Ten campus. They’ve had a lot of success recently. I’m excited to get back out there.”

Michigan and Syracuse are expressing interest this fall as well.

Morton doesn’t have a set timetable for a decision yet and said his fit in the system and basketball culture will be the biggest factors in his recruitment.  “I’m in no rush to make a decision,” he said. “I don’t want to start thinking about that stuff until at least after next AAU season. But if I feel like something is really special and really right, I’m going to make that decision. Other than that, I’m going to let it play out, see where it goes, and enjoy the process.”

Morton plays for Ohio Basketball Club during the travel season.