It should come as no surprise, but Murray State’s Ja Morant has now made it official: the point guard will declare for the 2019 NBA Draft. The decision comes after an incredible year for Morant, who finished the season averaging 24.5 points, 5.7 rebounds and 10 assists per game. After coming to the Racers as an unranked prospect, he became Murray State’s first player in program history to be named a first-team AP All-American.
The Racers held a press conference in his honor Wednesday evening, where Morant made the decision official. He began by thanking God, his family, his teammates, his coaches and the fans, before making the announcement. He gave former assistant coach James Kane a special shoutout for coming to watch him in a “back gym” during his high school days. I’m sure Racers fans are pretty thankful he took the time to do that, too.
Morant posted his statement on Twitter, as well.
Murray State basketball’s Twitter account posted this video in response to Morant’s announcement:
— Murray State Sports (@MSURacers) April 3, 2019
Following last year’s NBA draft, Morant was not listed among the potential Top-60 players in several 2019 mock drafts. Now, he’s a consensus Top-5 selection, with some outlets having him as high as the No. 2 or No. 3 pick.
Go get ’em, Ja!