Temetrius Jamel "Ja" Morant is an American professional basketball player for the Memphis Grizzlies of the NBA. He was selected by the Grizzlies as the second overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft.
Morant was named All-Region Most Valuable Player three times and has earned All-State honors at Crestwood High School. He hit the ground running immediately as a freshman by earning first-team all-conference honors in the Ohio Valley Conference.
He played college basketball for the Murray State Racers, where he was an undisputed first-team All-American as a sophomore in 2019. He also became the first player to average 20 points, and 10 assists per game in a single season.
The guard was one of the 20 players invited to Chris Paul's Elite Guard Camp. He was leading the team during his sophomore year and dropped 26 points and 11 dimes during his season debut against the Wright State. He also became the first ever Murray State player to record multiple triple-doubles when he scored 29 points, 13 rebounds and 12 assists in a 77-66 win over Missouri State. Morant also holds the record as he became the first NCAA Division I men's player in 20 years to tally at least 40 points, 10 assists, and 5 steals in a single game. Following their elimination from the 2019 NCAA Basketball Tournament, Ja decided to declare his availability for the 2019 NBA Draft where he was the second overall pick.
Ja is leading the rookies in points per game with 17.6 points per game while shooting nearly 50% from the field. He's also managed to record 7 assists per game and shoot 37.6% from beyond the arc. On February 9th, he recorded his first triple-double during their 106-99 win over the Washington Wizards.