Former Crestwood standout Morant signs with Nike

Swoosh!

BY DENNIS BRUNSON
dennis@theitem.com
Posted 5/29/19

Former Crestwood High School standout and Murray State All-American Ja Morant has signed a shoe deal with Nike.

ESPN's Nick DePaula reported on Monday that a multiyear, multimillion deal with the footwear and apparel giant was agreed to in …

This item is available in full to subscribers

Former Crestwood standout Morant signs with Nike

Swoosh!

Posted

Former Crestwood High School standout and Murray State All-American Ja Morant has signed a shoe deal with Nike.

ESPN's Nick DePaula reported on Monday that a multiyear, multimillion deal with the footwear and apparel giant was agreed to in advance of the May 14 draft lottery.

"All my life my parents worked for a check," Morant wrote on Instagram. "Now I'm proud to say I work for the check. #Nike #NikeBasketball"

Morant became the first player eligible in the draft to sign a shoe contract. Reports are that Morant let it be known that he wanted to sign with Nike and didn't entertain offers from other companies.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but it no doubt puts things into motion that will make Morant a very rich man in the next few weeks.

Morant burst onto the college basketball scene during his sophomore year with Murray State. He is now being projected by many experts as the No. 2 overall pick in next month's National Basketball Association draft.

Zion Williamson, the presumptive No. 1 pick, is expected to be selected by the New Orleans Pelicans. The Memphis Grizzlies have the No. 2 pick.

He earned 13 total All-American honors this season, including first-team honors from The Associated Press, Basketball Times, Bleacher Report, CBS Sports, the Lute Olson Award, NABC, Sports Illustrated, USBWA and the Wooden Award and second-team honors from NBC Sports, Sporting News, Stadium and USA TODAY Sports.

Morant averaged 24.5 points and 10 assists per game this year, making him the first player in college basketball history to average at least 20 points and 10 assists in a season since the assist became an official stat in 1983-84.

He also won the Bob Cousy Award for the nation's top point guard.