Ja Morant: Background

Background bullet points:

  • His full name is: Temetrius Jamel “Ja” Morant

  • His father, Tee Morant, played high school basketball with Ray Allen

  • There have been three triple doubles in the history of Murray State basketball. Ja Morant has two of them.

  • He was the first D-1 player to go 21-21 or better from the line in the last 20 seasons...until Tennessee’s Grant Williams went 23-23 against Vanderbilt five days later

  • Could make South Carolina history along with Williamson. The previous record for two players from South Carolina in the NBA Draft was 1974, when John Shumate (4th) and Tom Henderson (7th) were selected. Zion Williamson and Ja Morant could reasonably go 1-2.

  • If Morant goes in the top 5, he will be the first such player from a low-major school to go in the top-5 of the NBA Draft since Michael Olowokandi went first overall to the Los Angeles Clippers in 1998