Ja Morant was one of the most exciting players in the nation during his tenure at Murray State.
Standing 6-foot-3, 175-pounds, Morant has been compared to other athletes.
CBS Sports Reid Forgrave has said:
“Think John Wall. Think De’Aaron Fox. Think Russell Westbrook. Think the sort of hyper-athletic point guard — the type who could win the NBA dunk contest — who pairs that with an excellent feel for the game.”
Many believe Morant is the consensus No. 2 player in the 2019 class.
His journey as a two-star recruit is equally impressive.
“Love him,” CBS Sports analyst Clark Kellogg told me in the spring.
“The greatest gift he has outside of his athleticism is his passing ability. He’s prone to turnovers but he has amazing gifts. He makes passes only special players can make and that’s an amazing gift.”
Per USA Today: Morant wasn’t even ranked by ESPN, Rivals or 247 Sports and had just a handful of scholarship offers from mid-majors. Now, he’s an All-American.
“When you look at Ja Morant, what I see is a dynamic point guard and when I use the word dynamic, I use that affectional,” Rashad Philips told Scoop B Radio.
Phillips, a contributor to Fox Sports and founder and operator of SportsTalk2319 likes what he sees in Morant.
“When you look at what he brings to the table, here’s a guy that’s a terrific passer, has fantastic vision,” he told Scoop B Radio.
“He has a feel for the game like no other and his ability to change pace, change speed. His athleticism is above all those things and is what makes him dynamic. On top of that, he’s a pretty good scorer and loves to win.”
During the season at Murray State, Morant While Morant put up impressive numbers. He had a 50.3% field goal percentage, while also shooting 33.6% from downtown and averaged 24.6 points, 10 assists and 5.5 rebounds per game as a sophomore while leading Murray State to their second-consecutive NCAA Tournament.
“That’s what I love about the kid and wherever he ends up,” Phillips told Scoop B Radio.
“He’s going to bring that type of attitude and passion. That winning atmosphere from day one. It takes a lot to win games on the major level, especially as a point guard. The supporting cast at the high major schools. So you have to do a lot of carrying. You have to score a lot, assists, rebounding, block shots you have to do a little bit of everything. He’s had two years to be able to kind of nourish that skillset and attributes. So I think he’ll be bringing that to the NBA.”