Morant Leads Murray State to Blowout Upset Victory Over Marquette
If you haven’t heard of Ja Morant, you have now.
It didn’t take long, but just one day into the National Tournament, the Ja Morant show is underway.
Becoming the first guard to pick-up a Tournament triple-double since Dwyane Wade as a member of Marquette, Morant is a certified top-3 lottery pick that you need to know about.
Leading the 12-seeded Racers, Morant amassed 17 points, 16 assists, and 11 rebounds oozing confidence and swagger as he moved his team into the Round of 32 with an 83-64 win.
Drawing similarities to Sacramento Kings’ point guard De’Aaron Fox due to his long and lanky frame, and explosive speed, as well as the charisma of a D’Angelo Russell, Morant is an offensive enigma as well as a high-level athlete.
He has the ideal size and requisite fast twitch motor to push the tempo of an NBA-styled offense, while displaying the playmaking ability and unselfishness to move the basketball to find an open teammate.
Anticipated a top pick in the upcoming draft, it will be interesting to see where teams rank Morant in a top-heavy draft which includes the likes of Zion Williamson, R.J. Barrett, and Rui Hachimura.
“Is there anything before one?” Tee Morant, Ja’s father, asked rhetorically following his son’s statement Tournament debut. “Yeah, zero. Let him go zero.”
A sophomore guard who received very little attention from colleges while in high school, Morant really came into his own this season and exploded onto the NCAA D1 scene.
Named the Player of the Year in a very underrated Ohio Valley Conference, the 19-year old averaged 24.6 points, 10 assists, and 5.5 rebounds per game on the year.
Aiding the Racers to a conference title win over an elite offensive team in Belmont, Morant is now leading his team in the biggest tournament in college basketball.
Murray State are winners of their last 12 and will now shift their focus to a strong Florida State team.
As the competition continues to get steeper, how much more magic will we see out of Ja Morant?