Even though Temetrius Jamel “Ja” Morant is only 20, he is still surprising NBA players and fans. Ja Morant was Born August 10, 1999 in South Carolina. He was actually discovered on accident. A recruiter was at a basketball camp trying to recruit another person. He got hungry and walked to go get some concessions. He saw Morant playing at a nearby court. The recruiter watched for a little and realized that he had found what he was looking for.
Morant went to Murray State University. He got the first triple double in the NCAA tournament since 2012. He led his twelfth ranked team to victory over number five ranked Marquette. He only went to college for one year, then straight to the NBA. Ja was drafted to the Memphis Grizzlies in the 2019 NBA draft. He went as the number two overall pick in the draft. He wears jersey number twelve on the Grizzlies because he has worn that number since grade school.
At 6’3”, which is not very tall for the NBA, Ja has become one of the most exciting dunkers in the league. During a game this season, Morant jumped over Kevin Love, who is 6’8”, while trying to dunk. Ja averages 17 points, 3 rebounds, and 7 assists per game. He leads all rookies in scoring and assists.He is also a favorite to win rookie of the year. Many people that go to the NBA are not really known, but Ja Morant has already made a name for himself in his first year. Ja Morant is a rising star that is off to a great start.
Story by Jude Garris