LAWRENCE — Selected for permanent enshrinement inside Allen Fieldhouse, former Kansas basketball standout Marcus Morris acknowledges he once would’ve never envisioned such an honor.


"You couldn’t have told me that. When I was younger I wouldn’t have believed you," said Morris, whose jersey will be retired at halftime of the No. 3-ranked Jayhawks’ 8 p.m. Monday game against Iowa State. "The history there means so much. It takes you back to arguably the greatest player in basketball history in Wilt (Chamberlain). Just to be able to share something like that with him, to be up there in the rafters, it’s very special to me."


There is, however, one aspect Morris would tweak about the ceremony if he had his way.


"Just as much as I’m going up there, if it was up to me that jersey would say ‘Morris twins’ and not just ‘Morris,’ " he said, "because he deserves it just as much as I do."


"He," of course, is Morris’ twin brother Markieff, the pair making up a duo that donned crimson and blue for three seasons (2008-’11). Since leaving KU, the Morris twins have put together successful NBA careers, with Marcus now a member of the Los Angeles Clippers and Markieff a part of the Detroit Pistons organization.


Markieff will be at Allen Fieldhouse for his brother’s ceremony.


"I feel this is an honor for us both. Without Kief, there’s no me," Morris said. "We took this journey together. Without each other it might’ve been impossible."


One of the conditions for jersey retirement, Bill Self said, is receiving a Big 12 player of the year award, which Marcus Morris did as a junior in a season in which the 6-foot-9 forward averaged 17.2 points and 7.6 rebounds. Markieff, meanwhile, posted respectable averages of 13.6 points and 8.3 rebounds in 2010-'11, a season that ended in the Elite Eight.


When Self called Morris to inform him of his jersey retirement, the first words out of the latter’s mouth reflected the close bond between the twins: "What about Kief," he asked.


"It’s pretty remarkable to see how those guys have matured as players," Self said. "And even though they’re both vocal and express themselves emotionally on the court from time to time, I think it’s been really fun to watch them grow."


One story Morris expects to tell Monday will revisit how the twins were almost one-and-done players — at KU, that is.


Fed up with competing against one another, the then-freshman Morris twins decided to take their concerns to Self. The duo intended to transfer, they told him, and go to a school that wouldn’t put them in those awkward situations.


Self’s response? Go unpack your bags.


"He just looked at both of us and basically started laughing," Marcus Morris recalled. "He told us to work on our game or … go get better, because you ain’t guarding nobody."


Marcus’ remaining time at KU, and his years since leaving the program, only solidified his appreciation for the path the Jayhawk head coach opened up for him and Markieff.


"He’s a great coach," Marcus Morris said. "I love Coach Self, man. I wouldn’t have learned a lot of stuff that I needed to get to this next level and even in life, just discipline and the true definition of hard work.


"You know what is so funny is that when I’m doing training camps in the NBA I always revert back to my college mentality because we had the hardest camps ever. So nothing could ever out-beat that. I know if I can get through anything he put me through, this is nothing."


Self won’t get to watch the halftime ceremony, though when it comes to the Morris twins, he’s learned to always expect the unexpected.


"I’m sure I’ll hear about it and I’m sure he’ll say something that’s memorable that everybody will leave out of here remembering," Self quipped. "But yeah, I think it’s great."