Temetrius Jamel “Ja” Morant is an American professional basketball player that plays for the Memphis Grizzlies in the NBA. He was a first-team All-American as a sophomore in college basketball with the Murray State Racers in 2019.
Despite being voted All-Region Most Valuable Player three times and receiving All-State honors at Crestwood High School in Sumter, South Carolina, Morant was only marginally recruited by NCAA Division I institutions and was not ranked by recruiting agencies.
However, he had an immediate effect at Murray State University and was named to the Ohio Valley Conference‘s (OVC) first team as a freshman.
Ja Morant had a spectacular sophomore year, leading the NCAA in assists and winning OVC Player of the Year.
Morant made history in the NCAA as a sophomore by averaging 20+ points and 10+ assists per game in a single season
In the 2019 NBA Draft, The Grizzlies picked Morant with the second overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, and in 2020 he was voted the league’s Rookie of theYear.
- Birth: August 10, 1999
- Nationality: Dalzell, South Carolina, U.S.
- Position: Point guard
- League: NBA
- Team: Memphis Grizzlies
- High School: Crestwood (Sumter, South Carolina)
- College: Murray State(2017–2019)
- Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
- Weight: 174 lb (79 kg)
- NBA Draft: 2019 / Round: 1 / Pick: 2nd overall – Selected by the Memphis Grizzlies
- Team Jersey : No. 12
- Nickname: Ja
- Playing Career: 2019–present
- Career History: 2019–present: Memphis Grizzlies
Career Highlights and Awards
|All-NBA Second Team||2022|
|NBA Most Improved Player||2022|
|NBA Rookie of the Year||2020|
|NBA All-Rookie First Team||2020|
|Consensus First-Team All-American||2019|
|NCAA season assists leader||2019|
|Lute Olson Award||2019|
|Bob Cousy Award||2019|
|OVC Player of the Year||2019|
|2× First-team All-OVC||2018, 2019|
|OVC tournament MVP||2019|
|OVC All-Newcomer Team||2018|
- He was unranked prospect entering college. Unlike Zion with the 5-star ranking, Ja was relatively unknown during high school. None of the major services—24/7 Sports, ESPN, or Rivals—had him ranked.
- Ja Morant is dad of a 3-year-old girl whose name is Kaari Jaidyn Morant given birth by his high college girlfriend, KK Dixon.
- Ja’s dad was his primary coach who used to be a teammate of Ray Allen in high school.
- Morant’s jersey has been increasingly popular. Murray State retired his jersey and he was ranked 14th in NBA jersey sales since the All-Star break.
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