Ja Morant plays professional basketball for the Memphis Grizzlies in the NBA.
In 2019, when he was a sophomore, he played basketball for Murray State Racers in college, and he was chosen as a first-team All-American by most people.
Early life and career
Ja Morant was born on August 10, 1999, in Dalzell, South Carolina. His mom was a high school point guard and college softball player, while his dad played basketball with Ray Allen in high school and for Claflin University. Although his dad briefly played semi-professionally, he changed careers to become a barber to support his family when Jamie became pregnant with Ja. Ja attended Crestwood High School and graduated as the all-time leading scorer with 1,679 points, scoring a career-high of 47 points. In his last two seasons there, he averaged 27 points, 8 rebounds, and 8 assists per game, earning South Carolina 3A All State honors both years and three-time all-region MVP.
Ja chose to go to Murray State University after the assistant coach, James Kane, saw him playing 3v3 and told the head coach, Matt McMahon. They gave him a full athletic scholarship. He got his first triple-double just a month after starting, only the second one in the school’s history since 1984. He had 11 points, 10 rebounds, and 14 assists in that game. Ja became the seventh freshman in 25 years to get 150 rebounds, 150 assists, and 10 blocks while shooting at least 42% from the field.
In the summer of his sophomore season in 2018, Ja Morant caught the attention of scouts. He was even invited to Chris Paul’s Elite Guard Camp, which he considered an honor. When his sophomore season began, he became a leader for Murray State as key players had left. In his first game, he had 26 points and 11 assists in a win. Later, on November 24, 2018, he achieved 29 points, 13 rebounds, and 12 assists in a victory against Missouri State, making him the first Murray State player to record multiple triple-doubles. He also scored 38 points in his next game against Alabama. By December 2018, Morant was widely projected to be a top-five pick in the 2019 NBA draft, and by late January 2019, some even predicted him as the potential first overall selection.
Morant was chosen as the second pick by the Grizzlies. He quickly achieved his first double-double in 21 days and his first triple-double in 90 days after starting his career. He won the Rookie of the Year award with high stats in assists and points. In his first season, he scored 44 points in a game and helped the Grizzlies make the playoffs after four years. He continued to perform well in the playoffs. In his second season, he had impressive games, made it to the All-Star game, and set new career-high points records, including a remarkable 52 points in a single game.
He was named Most Improved Player. In the playoffs, he made a game-winning shot in Game 5 with 30 points, 13 rebounds, and nine assists. They faced the Golden State Warriors next, and Morant scored a playoff career-high 47 points, becoming one of the youngest to do so in NBA history. Unfortunately, he got injured, and Memphis lost in six games.
Ja Morant net worth
Ja Morant has a net worth of approximately $80 million and earns an annual salary of $11 million.
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