Monday is Ja Morant Day all over Sumter


Both the city and county of Sumter will celebrate Murray State consensus All-American basketball player Ja Morant on Monday with Ja Morant Day.

Morant, the former Crestwood High School standout, burst on to the college basketball scene this year. He declared for the National Basketball Association draft on Wednesday.

He averaged a double-double of 24.5 points and 10.0 assists in leading the Racers to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

Morant will be honored with an official proclamation. Sumter County Council Chairman James T. McCain Jr. will read a proclamation from Team Sumter.

Team Sumter represents The City of Sumter, City Council, Sumter County Government and Sumter County Council.

"We're extremely proud of Ja Morant as this young man exemplifies what can be achieved with hard work, teamwork and tenacity," McCain said. "We look forward to celebrating this day with his family, his coaches and Sumter School District students."

Morant will take photos with students at 5:30 p.m. on Monday at Crestwood High School and a brief ceremony will follow during which elected officials will speak about Morant and his impact on the Sumter community.

He will give a brief basketball demonstration as well.