Ja
Morant
Position: PG
Height/Weight: 6-3 / 175 lbs
School/Club: Murray State
Status: Freshman
Birthday: 08/10/1999
 

 

About Ja Morant

Ja Morant is an electric, creative playmaking guard coming off one of the most productive seasons in recent college basketball history.  An unheralded prospect out of Crestwood High School in South Carolina, Morant earned 1st team All-Ohio Valley Conference honors as a true freshman under Matt McMahon in 2018 averaging 12.8 points and 6.2 assists per game in a secondary role before turning heads with an excellent showing at the CP3 Elite Guard Camp.  He had a breakout year in a massive role for the Racers this season leading the nation in assists per game, recording multiple triple-doubles, and guiding his team to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.  Averaging 24.5 points, 10 assists, and 5.7 rebounds per game, the Dalzell, South Carolina native earned Consensus 1st Team All-American honors.

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  • Gifted athlete whose impressive combination of speed, explosiveness, and ability to change gears are a key part of his intrigue.  Has good size for a point guard listed at 6’3 with a slight 175-pound frame that did not stop him from regularly challenging shot blockers at the rim and mixing it up on the glass last season.
     
  • Drove the vast majority of what Murray State did offensively.  Created, assisted, or scored an astounding 50.2 points per game generating scoring opportunities in bunches in the open floor, putting pressure on the defense with his ability to get to spots off the dribble, finding shooters and cutters with excellent vision, and showing a strong feel for when to look for his own offense.

Defensive Analysis

  • Faced an uphill battle defensively with how much tread he put on his tires offensively but nonethless showed the ability to heat up the ball and be a factor in the passing lanes when he was dialed in.  Proved adept at chipping in on the glass hunting rebounds to spark fast break opportunities.
     
  • Allowed 0.536 points per one-on-one possession. Looked to conserve energy defensively at times given he almost never left the floor but held his own in key moments nonetheless.  Has some attainable improvements to make as he gains experience and gets stronger.

Career Highlights

  • 2018-19 Lute Olson National Player of the Year and Naismith, Wooden Award and Oscar Robertson finalist.
  • 2018-19 Bob Cousy Award winner as the nation’s top point guard.
  • Consensus 2018-19 All-America First Team selection.
  • Led Murray State to a 28-5 record and 2019 Ohio Valley Tournament championship as a Sophomore. 

Sophomore (2018-19)

  • Ranked seventh in D-I in scoring (24.5 ppg) and first in assists (10.0 apg).
  • His 331 assists were sixth most in NCAA history.
  • Recorded the ninth triple-double in NCAA Tournament history with 17 points, 16 assists and 11 rebounds against Marquette in the first round.
  • Had three triple-doubles, one of two D-I players with more than one (Wisconsin’s Ethan Happ had two).
  • His 18 assists against UT Martin (Jan. 10) were the most by a Division I player for the season. 

Strengths

  • Elite athlete at the point guard position.
  • Gets to his spots with ease. Quick, shifty and explosive.
  • Unselfish facilitator who balances passing and scoring.
  • Plays in attack mode despite thin frame. 

Personal

  • At 14, played AAU ball for the South Carolina Hornets alongside Zion Williamson.
  • Father, Tee, was a high school teammate of Hall of Famer Ray Allen. 

 


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