Ja Morant's rise from childhood and high school to Murray State play and NBA selection.

In Dalzell, South Carolina, Ja Morant was born on August 10, 1999. Tee Morant, his father, played basketball and played with Ray Allen in high school. Tee drilled Ja in their backyard to build his basketball skills early on.  

Morant played varsity basketball for Crestwood High School in Sumter, South Carolina. Due to his diminutive body and the school's modest size, big college schools disregarded him despite his 27 points, 8 rebounds, and 8 assists per game in his junior and senior years.  

When Murray State assistant coach James Kane discovered Morant, his recruitment changed. Kane saw Morant playing in a back gym at a summer program while scouting another youngster.   

Morant entered Murray State in 2017-2018. He had an immediate impact as a rookie, averaging 12.7 points, 6.5 rebounds, and 6.3 assists. His performance won him OVC All-Newcomer honors, indicating his star potential.  

Morant's 2018–2019 Murray State sophomore year changed him. Leading the NCAA in assists, he averaged 24.5 points, 10 assists, and 5.7 rebounds. On the court, his explosive performance and leadership enabled Murray State go 28-5 and reach the NCAA tournament.   

In his sophomore season, Morant excelled and garnered praise. He won OVC Player of the Year and many All-American awards. One of the most promising college basketball talents, his scoring, playmaking, and agility enabled him to dominate games.  

After a stellar sophomore season, Ja Morant entered the 2019 NBA Draft. His abilities, athleticism, and court vision made him a top prospect. Many lottery gurus predicted he would be selected in the top three.  

Memphis picked Ja Morant second overall in the 2019 NBA Draft. Averaging 17.8 points, 7.3 assists, and 3.9 rebounds in his NBA debut, he adjusted swiftly. He was named NBA Rookie of the Year for his impressive play, establishing his stature as a rising star.  

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