2018 - 2019 Stats

PTS REB AST BLK STL FG% FT% 3P% EFG% PER
24.5 5.7 10.0 0.8 1.8 49.9 81.3 36.3 55.3 31.6
Sales Pitch
A Freak of nature point guard with size that possesses elite vision that should only improve with the NBA style of play.
Background
Welcome to the Ja Morant hype train, I hope you all jumped on early because it's been quite a ride. Morant wasn't even on some draft boards to start the year but his jaw-dropping production and highlights quickly got the attention of NBA scouts and personnel. Not often do you see a floor general in the collegiate ranks average 10 assists per game, but that's just what Morant did for Murray State. Ja is a freak of nature for the point guard position, combining elite leaping ability and explosion with Ferrari like speed in the open court. Morant had a number of eye-opening performances during Murray State's NCAA tournament run, only solidifying his position as a potential top 3 selection this June. For those wondering, Ja Morant wasn't ranked nationally coming out of high school.
Pro Comparison
A mix of Donovan Mitchell and De'Aaron Fox with better vision
Positives

PLAYMAKING

  • One of the most impressive ball-handlers in terms of a combination of vision and instincts to come out of the NBA Draft in recent years. Throws players open. Leads his teammates like an elite football Quarterback. Uses both hands well to deliver passes on the money.

TRANSITION THREAT

  • A dynamic threat in the open court that should only become more dangerous with more spacing at the next level. Does a fantastic job of shifting gears and has the instincts to know when to attack openings in the defense. Unselfish passing ability and quick handles make him terrifying for opposing defenses.

ATHLETICISM

  • Freakish athleticism from the point guard position. Attacks downhill with a mission to cause serious harm to any rim or defender in his way. Plays the game with the "edge" that you would want from a floor general. Possesses sports car like speed to blow by defenders in any situation. Does a good job of taking on contact, but will need to add to his frame to adjust to bigger defenders in the NBA.

Negatives

OUTSIDE SHOOTING

  • Will need to fine-tune his shooting mechanics to become a more dependable scorer from multiple levels. Needs to develop his ability to shoot off the bounce. Funky mechanics featuring a slow release will need a shooting coach to tweak his form.

DEFENSIVE CONSISTENCY

  • Gets caught ball watching from time to time. Some might wonder if he's disinterested on the defensive side of the ball, specifically away from the ball. Needs to lock in, prone to become a back door target. Might be because of his heavy workload offensively at Murray State.

FRAME

  • Achilles heel is his overall frame. Morant has all the tools teams covet from a modern era point guard. His frame will be the only thing holding him back. Teams will target him in switching situations, forcing him to guard bulkier players. Could use the added mass to improve his ability to take on contact in the lane as well.

Overall
Ja Morant burst onto the NBA Draft scene early this year and looks to be in a position to become one of the Top 2 picks in this years NBA Draft. His combination of passing vision, speed, and elite athleticism will have teams drooling about his potential at the next level. Morant will need to spend plenty of time adding to his frame, as well as fine-tuning his outside shot, but the tools in the shed are outstanding. Morant should benefit from the NBA game, as the additional spacing should only improve his passing ability if he's able to adjust to the speed of the game quickly.

Film Room: Ja Morant - Jun 13, 2019

Ja Morant
One of the top prized possessions in this years NBA Draft Class is Murray State point guard Ja Morant.