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Ja Morant makes it official: he will declare for NBA Draft

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:

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!


Article written by Maggie Davis

I love sports, podcasts, long walks on the beach and Twitter (@MaggieDavisKSR)

11 Comments for Ja Morant makes it official: he will declare for NBA Draft

  1. mothandras
    8:17 pm April 3, 2019 Permalink

    60 Spots.. 140 USA and 60 Foreign players will enter. At least this guy learned, came back and will be top 10. Kills me every year to hear the names of all the Foreign players no one ever heard of and don’t appear on the mock drafts.

  2. BBNJustin
    8:35 pm April 3, 2019 Permalink

    That’s my Alma mater! Three nba point guards in 7 years, under 3 different coaches.

    • mashburnfan1
      9:10 pm April 3, 2019 Permalink

      BBN will tell you it is because of Cal. Is obvious the Murray coaches are sneaking in and watching what Cal does and showing their players. Cal get in that green room when Morant is picked, take the credit for him as well. All those foreign guys, Cal is the reason when he coached our loaded USA to a bronze medal all other coaches taped his practices. Or maybe when he had so much success coaching that Puerto Rico National team but either way they learned from him. He is the only coach that can prepare anyone for the NBA, just read the comments on here.

    • JT919
      10:02 pm April 3, 2019 Permalink

      You’re a seriously deranged person. Get help.

    • catsarerunnin
      10:07 pm April 3, 2019 Permalink

      Wow you’re dumb.

    • nocode96
      10:49 pm April 3, 2019 Permalink

      Do you ever just shut the fuk up? Just seeing your username is like nails on freaking chalkboards to all of us. Literally no one, no matter how big the homer, has ever said anything remotely close to what you’re trying to convey with this stupid statement. When we embellish the crap you and bigolblue say, it’s not really that exaggerated as you two actually say the dumb stuff we mock you about. All you like to do is stir the shlt pot dude, I’ll personally PayPal you $500 if you go to all your “season ticket” games this year wearing a shirt that says “I’m nashburnfan1”. There’s two reasons my $500 is safe, the first being your broke ass ain’t never had no season tix, but secondly, and most importantly, you’re too much of a wimp and coward to own who you try to be in here, out there. Would bet my life you wouldn’t say this dumb shlt in person because you know the repercussions. You know you’re punk ass would be slapped and made to cry like a baby.

    • JT919
      10:10 pm April 3, 2019 Permalink

      BBNJustin To be fair, Isaiah Canaan and Cameron Payne aren’t exactly NBA quality. But I’m with you, delighted to see a player of this caliber come through while I’m attending the university.

    • Wilfred Smith
      6:27 am April 4, 2019 Permalink

      Another MSU alum here. Going back just to my day there was also Popeye, Jeff Martin, Donn Mann, Marcus Brown, and so many others (though Popeye and Martin had the NBA careers). I only hope you had a chance to see a game in Racer Arena against a rival. That was something.

    • BBNnCLE
      8:23 am April 4, 2019 Permalink

      Guys please quit responding to Mashburnfan1. He knows he’s dumb and crazy he just likes to see everyone’s reaction. And JT919 Canaan went early 2nd and Cam Payne went in the lottery. Not sure how it’s MSU’s fault they didn’t pan out in the NBA.

  3. Smyrna_Cat
    8:41 pm April 3, 2019 Permalink

    Hope he does well!!

  4. klyne
    9:16 pm April 3, 2019 Permalink

    Please tell me he will be doing an autograph tour. He deserves all the praise he gets. Great player and seems to be a good guy.