Ja Morant Celebrity Life
Ja Morant’s full name is Temetrius Jamel Morant and he was born in Augusta, Georgia on the 10th of August 1999. He is an American Basketball player and son of a former basketball player. His father and Ray Allen were teammates in high school. His father was part of the Claflin University basketball team.
Tee Morant started playing abroad but decided to quit and instead become a barber when his wife was pregnant with Ja.
Morant trained daily with his father in their backyard. He learned how to perform step-back jump shots from his father. His father had bought tractor tires for him so that he can have a soft landing when he jumps. During his childhood had the practice of playing against older opponents. He even told his mother that he was not afraid of playing against bigger boys.
Morant played with a small grassroots team South Carolina Hornets that was based in Columbia, South Carolina. He and Zion Williamson were teammates for one season. Williamson became the class’ top player.
During the first three with the basketball team, Morant’s height increased to 6 feet 0 inches from 5 feet 9 inches. He attended Crestwood High School. When he graduated from high school he had scored 1679 points and his career-high score was against Sumter High School (47 Points).
Morant got the South Carolina 3A All-State honors for two straight years in a row. This was thanks to his 27 points per game average along with 8 rebounds per game and his 8 assists per game. However, he could not dunk until he reached his senior year.
None of the recruiting services had ranked Morant. So the only major chance to play in the NCAA Division I was from South Carolina. James Kane, the assistant coach for Murray State accidentally discovered him when coming to review another player.
He had discovered Morant in an auxiliary gym playing a three-on-three game. Morant performance impressed him and he decided to contact Matt McMahon the head coach. McMahon was convinced and Morant was offered a scholarship.
Morant committed to play for Murray State on the 3rd of September, 2016 when having dinner in McMahon’s house. Morant had also got offers from other places such as Maryland Eastern Shore, Wofford, and Duquesne.
Morant played his first game for Murray State on the 10th of November 2017. It was a winning game against Brescia University (118-61). In that game, he scored seven points and provided 11 assists. The number of assists was high for the team. He got the first double-double of his career on the 12th of December 2017, during a losing game against Saint Louis. In that game, he scored 10 points while having 12 rebounds and providing six assists.
On the 27th of December the same year he got his first triple-double. It was during a winning game against Eastern Illinois. In that game, he scored 11 points while getting 10 rebounds and providing 14 assists. The only other player in Murray State history to post a triple-double was Isacc Miles. He did that in 1984.
Morant also surpassed the old record 12 assists per game set by Aubrey Reese during the 1999 game against Alabama State. His season-high score came on the 1st of February 2018 in a game against Southeast Missouri State.
Morant got his first-team All-OVC along with his OVC All-Newcomer Team accolades thanks to his points per game average of 12.7, his rebound average of 6.5, and his assists per game average of 6.3. Morant would help his team win their OVC Championship against Belmont (68-51).
In that game, Morant had 15 points while getting five rebounds and providing five assists. Thanks to this victory Murry state would enter the NCAA Tournament. However, they would lose to West Virginia in the first round (85-68). Morant’s score of 14 points could not stop this from happening.
During his sophomore year, Morant got the attention of some of the scouts. Morant scored 26 points while providing 11 assists in his season debut. This happened in winning games against Wright State. Morant scored many records during this year. During the NCAA Tournament that year he became the only player to average at least 20 points per game while providing average 10 assists per game.
At the end of Murray state-run in the NCAA, he decided to forego the remaining two years of college eligibility to participate in the NBA Draft of 2019.
Morant was drafted by the Memphis Grizzlies and he signed with the Grizzlies on the 2nd of July 2019. On the 23rd of October 2019, he made a debut in a losing game against the Miami Heat (101-120).
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