Ja Morant grew up in a small town in South Carolina, to two very athletic, basketball trained parents. Despite being his school’s All-Time leading scorer and three-time All-Region MVP, Ja was unranked nationally in the recruiting platforms, and received only one major Division I offer. Ja was offered a scholarship to Murray State after head coach Matt McMahon was impressed by his skills after watching him in a casual three-on-three game. Thus, a basketball Cinderella story was born.
Ja made an immediate impact at Murray State his freshmen season, ranking 14th in the nation in assists and capturing the Ohio Valley Conference title in 2017. That win advanced Murray State to the NCAA Tournament, but they subsequently lost in the first round to West Virginia. Attention was building for Ja Morant, and by mid-season of his sophomore year, he was already on the watch list for that year’s John Wooden Award. He was named the Ohio Valley Conference Player of the Year and led the NCAA Division I in assists. Morant and Murray State made a deeper run in the NCAA Tournament, falling in the second round to fourth-seeded Florida State. He was the first player to record 20 points and 10 assists in every game in a single season in the NCAA, and made the decision to take his talents to the NBA. The Memphis Grizzlies selected Ja Morant with the second overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft. Ja went on to lead all rookies in assists and be named the 2019-2020 NBA Rookie of the Year.
Ja Morant, much like his game, describes his style as ‘smooth.’ He states that his signature look is his hoop earrings, a gift from his mother in the eight grade. Ja can often be found in head-to-toe Nike or sporting the latest in athleisure fresh. We are confident this rookie of the year will continue to expand and flourish in the fashion field.