Ja Morant, a former two-star recruit who blossomed right into a projected lottery choose as a sophomore at Murray State, will declare Wednesday for the 2019 NBA Draft, The Athletic reported, citing unidentified sources.
Morant’s identify took off after he starred at Chris Paul’s CP3 Elite Guard Camp final summer season, however the 6-foot-3, 175-pounder climbed into the highest reaches of most draft boards through the course of the 2018-19 season through which he averaged a double-double (24.5 factors and 10.zero assists) whereas knocking down 5.7 rebounds per sport, too.
Drawing comparisons to Russell Westbrook, Morant’s well-rounded talent set — a scorer who can also distribute the ball — was on full show within the Racers’ two video games within the NCAA Match, most notably with a triple-double (17 factors, 16 assists, 11 rebounds) in a first-round victory over Marquette.
“I feel individuals have gotten so enamored together with his athleticism and his pace and quickness, that are apparent, however if you break him down and you actually take a look at how he performs, he’s actually probably the greatest passers in faculty basketball,” an unidentified NBA scout told the Arizona Republic. “He has an ideal really feel for timing and contact. He is aware of when to place a go on a laser, when to loft it. Come off of ball screens, throwing the lob and placing it within the pocket.”
The truth is, pretty much as good a Morant was this season for the Racers, his bodily abilities is likely to be even higher fitted to the NBA, the place the pace of the sport will play to his strengths as groups search for guards who can push the ball up the ground shortly in an effort to attain early within the shot clock.
If there’s a query about Morant (past why he blossomed so comparatively late), it is his protection on the NBA degree, a minimum of within the close to time period due to his slight construct.
“He’ll must get larger and stronger. He’s small by way of physique composition, however he has a fighter’s mentality. He has a chip on his shoulder, however in a great way,” the scout advised the Republic, pertaining to an intangible that groups additionally like.
The Knicks, Suns and Cavaliers at the moment have a 14% likelihood of profitable the No. 1 total choose this draft (according to tankathon.com), possible for use on Williamson, with their probabilities of getting the Nos. 2 and three picks at 12.7% and 12%, respectively.