Ja Morant Biography
Ja Morant is an American professional basketball player for the Memphis Grizzlies of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for the Murray State Racers, where he was a consensus first-team All-American as a sophomore in 2019.
He was selected by the Grizzlies with the second overall pick in the 2019 NBA draft and named the NBA Rookie of the Year in 2020. He was named to his first NBA All Star Game in 2022 as a starter, and won the NBA Most Improved Player Award at the conclusion of the season.
Ja Morant Age
Morant was born on 10th August, 1999, Dalzell, South Carolina, U.S.
Ja Morant Height
Morant stand at a height of 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) tall
Ja Morant Weight
He weighs 174 lb (79 kg)
Ja Morant Education
Morant attended Crestwood High School in Sumter, South Carolina. He later joined Murray State University from
Ja Morant Nationality
He is an American Nationality
Ja Morant Ethnicity
Morant is of African American ethnicity.
Ja Morant Parents
Morant was born to Tee and Jamie Morant. His mother was a point guard in high school and a softball player in college, while his father was a high school teammate of Ray Allen and played basketball for Claflin University. After playing semi-professionally, Tee considered playing pro ball overseas. But when Jamie became pregnant with Ja, he abandoned his basketball career and stayed at home, becoming a barber instead.
Ja Morant trained in his backyard with his father, who taught him step-back jump shots and bought tractor tires for him to practice jumping with a soft landing. In his childhood, he often faced older opponents, telling his mother, “I’m not worried about the big kids.” Morant played in the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) circuit with the South Carolina Hornets, a small grassroots team based in Columbia, South Carolina. For one season, he was teammates with Zion Williamson, who became one of the top players in his class.
Ja Morant Siblings
Morant has a younger sister, Teniya, who grew up playing basketball with him in their backyard and now competes for Hillcrest Middle School in Dalzell.
Ja Morant Wife
Ja Morant was dating Kadre Dixon, also referred to as KK Dixon. Late in 2018, his girlfriend shared a photo of the two of them. KK Dixon is a female student from Fisk University who is 21 years old. For the university, she participates in volleyball and basketball.
Ja Morant Children
Ja Morant and his girlfriend saw the birth of the couple’s first daughter in 2019. Her name was listed as Kaari Jaidyn Morant. After being delivered prematurely, his daughter spent weeks in the hospital. He enjoys being the parent of his 2-year-old daughter.
Ja Morant National Basketball Association
Ja Morant signed a five-year extension with the Grizzlies on 6th July 2022. The deal includes $193 million of guaranteed money, increasing to $231 million contingent upon his selection to an All-NBA team. On October 21, in the second game of the season, Morant recorded 49 points, 4 rebounds, 8 assists and 2 blocks on 17-of-26 shooting from the field in a 129–122 win over the Houston Rockets. He set the Memphis franchise mark for most points scored through the first two games of a season.
Morant debuted for Murray State with 7 points and a team-high 11 assists in a 118–61 victory over Brescia University of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). He recorded his first career double-double on December 12, 2017, with 10 points, 12 rebounds, and 6 assists in a 69–55 loss to Saint Louis.
Ja Morant began to register on the radar of some scouts the summer of his sophomore season in 2018. He was one of 20 players invited to Chris Paul’s Elite Guard Camp, which Morant called, “an honor.” When his sophomore season began, Morant assumed a leading role for Murray State with the departures of key players Jonathan Stark and Terrell Miller.
Morant was drafted second overall during the 2019 NBA draft by the Memphis Grizzlies. On July 2, 2019, he signed a four-year contract worth $39.6 million with the Grizzlies. On October 23, 2019, Morant made his NBA debut, starting in a 101–120 loss to the Miami Heat with 14 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists, a steal and a block.
On December 23, 2020, Morant recorded a then career-high 44 points, alongside nine assists, two rebounds, and two steals in a 131–119 loss to the San Antonio Spurs. On May 21, 2021, in the newly implemented play-in tournament, with the eighth and final playoff spot on the line, Morant recorded 35 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists to lead Memphis to a 117–112 overtime win over the Golden State Warriors, securing the Grizzlies’ first postseason berth in four seasons.
Ja Morant received a shout-out from rapper J. Cole on the song “My Life” from Cole’s 2021 album The Off-Season. On June 1, 2021, rapper Moneybagg Yo released the song “Rookie of the Year” in celebration of Morant being named NBA Rookie of the Year. The song reflects on Morant’s “underdog mentality and praises his rise from a little known college freshman to being named NBA Rookie of the Year in 2019–20”. On June 3, Morant released a six-episode documentary, Promiseland, focusing on his first NBA season.
Ja Morant Salary
Ja Morant signed a 4 year / $39,619,840 contract with the Memphis Grizzlies, including $39,619,840 guaranteed, and an annual average salary of $9,904,960. In 2022-23, Morant will earn a base salary of $12,119,440, while carrying a cap hit of $12,119,440 and a dead cap value of $12,119,440.
Ja Morant Net Worth
Morant’s net worth is estimated to be USD 100 million.
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