Ja Morant has officially declared for the 2019 NBA Draft with the intention of starting his pro basketball career. The Murray State Racer point guard will forgo his last two years of college eligibility. Morant is projected as a top-five selection in this year’s NBA draft.
? BREAKING NEWS ?#RacerNation, We have some exciting news to share with you this evening! Join us tonight at 6pm over at the CFSB Center for a special announcement with @RacersHoops Ja Morant ( @igotgame_12 )! #GoRacers ?? pic.twitter.com/ceoxrz4K33
— Murray State Sports (@MSURacers) April 3, 2019
Morant had a phenomenal year with the Murray State Racers topped off by a triple-double in the first round of the 2019 NCAA Tournament against the Marquette Golden Eagles. The sophomore guard averaged a double-double this year with 24.5 points and 10 assists per game. He also shot at a clip of 49.9 percent and chipped in 5.7 rebounds per game.
The Racer point guard distinguished himself as a clear cut top 3 selection in this year’s draft. He has established himself as a swiss army knife on the court and will make NBA teams that miss on Zion Williamson happy with the “consolation prize”.
JA MORANT IS A PROBLEM pic.twitter.com/HI3CtpDtpg
— Def Pen Sports (@DefPenSports) March 21, 2019
The Murray State phenom provides outside scoring, inside scoring, and amazing passing ability when on offense. He is a capable rebounder with amazing athleticism to back it up. He will need to work on his defense to an extent, but the upside more than makes up for any weaknesses.
The point guard has begun the journey to an NBA career and his draft position could depend on how the draft lottery goes and what teams need. The third edition of the Def Pen 2019 NBA Mock Draft has Morant going fourth, but his stock could be higher now.