The passenger seat in Morgan Green’s Infinity truck is empty these days as Morgan drives to school each day.
The seat was always reserved for Morgan’s best friend, Jeremiah ‘Dugg’ Williams, who died from a football injury last November.
Morgan and Jeremiah used to drive to school each morning and talk about their day. The lifelong friends had a lot in common. They loved music, sports and joking around. Before Jeremiah got injured, the two were having one of their best years of their lives together.
“I always think about him when I look at that empty seat,” Morgan said. “I am not sad about it all day long because I know Dugg would not want me to be sad. But, there are moments when I think about him and wish he was still here.”
Another time during the day when Morgan says he feels Jeremiah’s absence is during basketball practice. Both Morgan and Jeremiah were set to be key players on this year’s team. They were both quick guards with a lot of ability.
Morgan, who has dedicated the season to his best friend, is having his best season yet on the basketball court.
He is averaging more than 12 points a game for the Hornets. He is also putting up career numbers in rebounds, assists and steals.
“I am having a good year, but our team has been struggling lately. If Dugg was on our team he would have definitely helped,” Morgan said. “He would be making a lot of big shots, and he would also be stepping up big for us on defense.”
While the Hornets have been struggling in recent weeks, Morgan said he knows his team still has time to turn it around.
“We just have to keep working hard and believe in ourselves,” Morgan said.
Finally, Morgan also said he wanted the community to know how thankful he was to everyone who came out to support Jeremiah’s family after the loss. Greenville residents, along with many thoughtful people from around the region, sent prayers and donations to Jerrmiah’s family.
“It meant a lot to us,” Morgan said.