Former Crestwood High School standout and Murray State consensus All-American Ja Morant will forego his final two years of college and enter June’s National Basketball Association draft.
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Morant’s father, Ronnie “T” Morant, said in a text to The Sumter Item that Ja will declare for the NBA draft during a press conference today at 7 p.m. in Murray, Kentucky.
Morant is expected to be a lottery pick – perhaps a top 5 pick – after bursting on to the college basketball scene during his sophomore campaign with the Racers.
Morant averaged 24.6 points and 10.0 assists per game for Murray State, which went 28-5 and reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament. He became the first player in college basketball history to average at least 20 points and 10 assists since assists became an official statistic in the 1983-84 season.
The 6-foot-3-inch point guard also averaged 5.5 rebounds and 1.8 steals. He shot 50.3 percent from the floor and 81 percent from the free throw line.
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