Ja Morant is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Memphis Grizzlies of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was born on August 10, 1999, in Dalzell, South Carolina, and attended Murray State University, where he played college basketball.
Morant is known for his exceptional athleticism, speed, and playmaking ability. Standing at 6 feet 3 inches and weighing around 175 pounds, he plays the point guard position and is known for his ability to create scoring opportunities for himself and his teammates.
Ja Morant’s basketball journey
Morant’s basketball journey began at Crestwood High School in South Carolina, where he played for the school’s basketball team. He quickly emerged as one of the top players in the state, and his talent caught the attention of college coaches around the country.
After graduating from high school, Morant committed to Murray State University, a mid-major Division I program in Kentucky. In his freshman year at Murray State, Morant immediately made an impact, averaging 12.7 points, 6.5 rebounds, and 6.3 assists per game. He was named the Ohio Valley Conference Freshman of the Year and helped lead Murray State to the NCAA Tournament.
In his sophomore year, Morant took his game to another level,
Leading the NCAA in assists per game (10.0) and setting a new Murray State record for assists in a single season (331). He also led the Racers to a 28-5 record and was named the OVC Player of the Year, as well as a consensus first-team All-American.
Morant’s standout college career earned him a spot in the 2019 NBA draft, where he was selected by the Memphis Grizzlies as the second overall pick. He made an immediate impact in his rookie season, averaging 17.8 points, 7.3 assists, and 3.9 rebounds per game and leading the Grizzlies to the NBA Playoffs.
Morant’s success on the court has earned him numerous accolades and awards, including being named to the NBA All-Rookie First Team in 2020 and being selected for the 2020 NBA Rising Stars game during All-Star Weekend.
Off the court, Morant is known for his quiet and humble demeanor, as well as his commitment to giving back to his community. He has been involved in numerous charitable causes and initiatives, including donating money to help build a basketball court in his hometown of Dalzell, South Carolina.
Ja Morant is a talented and exciting young player who has already made a name for himself in the NBA. His athleticism, speed, and playmaking ability make him a formidable opponent on the court, while his humble personality and commitment to his community make him a role model off the court.