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|Drafted By:||Boston Celtics|
|College:||University of Pittsburgh|
Darren Morningstar (born April 22, 1969 in Stevenson, Washington) was signed, as a free agent, by the Dallas Mavericks on October 7, 1993.
Morningstar enjoyed a stellar high school career in his native Washington, where he set a record for most points in a class 1A playoff game with 47 and has the highest post-season tournament scoring average at 35.0 ppg. Out of high school he enrolled at the United States Naval Academy and began putting up impressive numbers as a freshman averaging 12.2 ppg and 6.0 rebounds per game.
He left Navy after one season to follow his coach Paul Evans, to the University of Pittsburgh. After sitting out a year because of his transfer, Morningstar saw his numbers rise each season as his scoring average went from 3.8 as a sophomore to 12.3 his senior season and his rebounding average rose from 2.8 to 6.2 per game. He helped lead the Panthers to the NCAA tournament in 1991 and the NIT in 1992.
One of his best college games came in the 1991 pre-season NIT in an 85-68 upset of the Jamal Mashburn-led University of Kentucky, where Morningstar led the way with 27 points and 10 rebounds.
After his college career, he was selected in the second round of the 1992 NBA draft by the Boston Celtics. Morningstar did not make the team and sat out the 1992-1993 season.
The following year the Mavericks signed the 6'10 center on October 7, 1993 just prior to training camp. Morning star appeared in 22 games for Dallas averaging 4.3 ppg and 3.6 rpg. He was waived by the Mavs on November 23 and caught on with the Utah Jazz, where he saw action in exactly one game and scored two points. That appearance marked the end of Morningstar's NBA career.
Today, Darren Morningstar is a financial planner in the Pittsburgh area.