Where did JA Morant go to college and when he was drafted in NBA?

Know all about the Grizzlies star guard JA Morant of how he started his NBA career after completing his college basketball career.

JA Morant
JA Morant

Ja Morant has been absolutely maniac, he is playing on a level of NBA MVP this season, and has even equaled the stats of prime Derrick Rose who won the MVP in the 2011 NBA season. Morant is a basketball genius and his friends, family always knew that he will someday make it to the biggest league (NBA) in the world.

Morant has an electrifying style of playing basketball, despite playing for a very small town in Ohio, his incredible dunking ability and equally impressive court vision had made him the most viral star. Not only his style but his number are even more eye-popping during his college days when he averaged 24.5 PPG, 10 APG, and 5.7 RPG in the NCAA tournament.

Where did JA Morant go for college before making his NBA debut?

JA Morant playing for the Murray State Racers
JA Morant playing for the Murray State Racers

Morant after completing his high school at Crestwood High School decided to join the Murray State and their basketball team the Racers. In his second year of college, Morant became the unstoppable king of the court when he achieved first-team All-American as a sophomore in 2019. Later, he also became the first ever player to average 20 PPG, and 10 APG in a single season.

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Why did JA Morant decide to join Murray State College?

Morant mostly played in the AAU tournaments and he was even considered as the two-star perspective player when his high school career ended. Meanwhile, he didn’t receive any national ranking from major scouting services like Rivals, 247 Sports, or ESPN due to which he was an undiscovered star.

James Kane discovered JA Morant's potential
James Kane discovered JA Morant’s potential

Murray’s assistant coach James Kane knew about the star potential of JA Morant when he saw him at a camp put on by Chandler Parsons’ AAU program. Morant was not given attention by other universities due to his late entry into the camp.

Moreover, Morant still received a scholarship offer from South Carolina, but he refused them and joined the Murray State, who badly wanted to sign him.

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When was JA Morant drafted in the NBA?

JA Morant was the 2nd overall pick in the 2019 NBA draft
JA Morant was the 2nd overall pick in the 2019 NBA draft

JA Morant made his entry into NBA when he was drafted by the Memphis Grizzlies as the second overall pick. Meanwhile, in June 2019, he signed a two-year contract worth $17,897,040 with them. His debut match was against the Miami Heat where he scored 14 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists, a steal, and a block but eventually lost the game.

Furthermore, in that season through his eye-popping performances, he also became the NBA Rookie of the Year and brought this award to the Grizzlies second time in their history. While at the end of the season he also earned the NBA All-Rookie First Team honor.

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