Ja Morant is a six-foot-three point guard who plays for Memphis Grizzlies in the NBA. Morant was born on August 10, 1999, in Dalzell, South Carolina. He was the second overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft.
Morant’s parents are Tee and Jamie Morant. Both his mom and dad played basketball in high-school, and his younger sister Teniya too, is now following in the same footsteps.
Morant learned the basics of the game from his father and attended Crestwood High School, where he saw a growth spurt. The point guard excelled into a wonderful player in his high-school years and left Crestwood as their leading scorer in history.
It can be said that there wasn’t a craze behind Morant when he graduated from high-school. He did not receive offers from top college programs, and he chose to attend Murray State in Kentucky.
Morant played two years with the Murray State Racers team, where he transformed into a phenomenal backcourt player. He broke through as a sophomore and averaged 24.5 points and 10.0 assists during the 2018/19 season to become the first NCAA player ever to average 20 points and 10 assists in the same season.
Ja Morant became a father when he was just 20-years-old. His girlfriend of a few years, Kadre Dixon, gave birth to their daughter Kaari Jaidyn Morant on August 7, 2019.
Morant entered the league after foregoing his two remaining years at Murray State. He was selected with the second overall pick by the Memphis Grizzlies owing to his incredible and explosive talent.
He was made the starting PG as a rookie, and Morant didn’t disappoint. The point guard played 67 games for the Grizzlies but missed out on an opportunity to enter the playoffs. However, Morant led his fellow rookies in assists per game (7.3).
Morant cemented his place as a future superstar by winning the 2019 Rookie of the Year Award. His fearless game is a visual treat to watch, and here are his rookie year’s numbers during the regular season:
Morant signed a three-year deal with the Grizzlies in his rookie year. The contract will see him earning $27,500,400 throughout and his salary for the 2021 season will be $9,166,800. The Grizzlies also have an option to extend his contract till the 2022-23 NBA season.
Morant has just entered the league, and he’s yet to sign a lucrative player contract. He’s bound to sign one in the future, and his total earnings after the 2021 season will be $17,351,400, per Spotrac.
Moreover, Morant signed a multi-year endorsement deal with Nike before he even entered the league.
Ja Morant doesn’t have a charitable organization set up in his name, but the NBA star has so far given back to the society in different ways. Last year, on his birthday, Morant set up a fundraiser to help The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Memphis and pledged to match every donation up to $10,000.
Then, he was also spotted handing out pizzas at a local gas station in Memphis. Furthermore, the young point guard also gifted a recovery room to Murray State, fully completed with NBA-approved technology to help its athletes.
Ja Morant signed with Nike before he entered the league and has gelled into their sneaker family. He initially sported Kyrie Irving’s signature kicks, but the latest sneakers he donned were the ‘Nike Adapt BB 2.0.’
|Marital Status|| |
Unmarried (Dating Kadre Dixon)
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6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
|174 lb (79 kg)|
6 ft 5 in (2.01 m)
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