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When Tampa Prep senior Devontae Morgan steps on The Lakeland Center court for tonight's Class 3A state semifinal, he'll insert himself into the pages of local history.
A Butler University signee, Morgan will become the first Hillsborough County player of the modern era -- and perhaps all time -- to play in four consecutive final fours. Former Terrapin Casey Sanders led Tampa Prep to three in a row from 1997-99.
The modern era commenced with the 1964 postseason, in which region semifinals and finals preceded the state semis. State championship games date to 1922.
Morgan's teams are 1-3 in three previous state tourney trips, but this year's club (29-1) prevailed in Region 2, widely deemed the toughest of the four 2A regions. With four Terrapins boasting double-figure scoring averages, it may be veteran coach Joe Fenlon's deepest team.