Terry Davis is a recent graduate of East Anchorage High School where he played basketball.

Davis received a $1,500 scholarship Saturday during the annual Geno Morgan Memorial G.E.N.I.U.S. Basketball Tournament at East High’s gym. 

"I'm just happy I got it, it helps me pursue my dreams, try not to get into debt and everything like that. It's a great thing that I got it," he said. 

The tournament honors East basketball’s former head coach Geno Morgan who guided the Thunderbirds to the 2000 state title.

Late basketball coach Geno Morgan is the inspiration for the Geno Morgan Memorial G.E.N.I.U.S. Basketball Tournament, held each year at East High School. (Credit: Courtesy Wasatch Academy)

Morgan died in his sleep on July 2, 2015 at the age of 49. His family and friends created the Geno Morgan Foundation to help high school basketball players pursue higher education by offering scholarships.

"What it matters to us is giving a scholarship to a kid like Terry Davis here in Anchorage, and just seeing the joy in his face," said the foundation’s co-chairman Anthony Herrington. "We're really wanting to help kids go pro in the game of life, and that is what it's all about."

Morgan was a National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics All-American guard at Alaska Pacific University. He coached at APU after his days as a player ended. In addition to his stop at East, Morgan coached at the University of Alaska Anchorage, Palmer High School and Wasatch Academy.

Davis plans to play basketball at Lewis-Clark State College in Idaho.

Davis was awarded the G.E.N.I.U.S. scholarship at the Geno Morgan Memorial G.E.N.I.U.S. Basketball Tournament held each year at East Anchorage High School. (Dave Leval / KTVA)

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