Before Ja Morant would lead the NCAA Division
1 in assists during his sophomore year became the first NCAA player to ever average at least
20 points and 10 assists per game in a single season. Before Ja Morant would go viral after revealing
that he loves his haters… Before Ja Morant would be drafted 2nd overall
in the 2019 NBA Draft going to the Memphis Grizzlies. That ringing bell and the sight of the commissioner
Adam Silver, Draft day always reminds me of a scene outta Harry Potter and the sorting
hat. Ja Morant instagram following shot up following the draft from 600K to almost a
million under his handle igotgame12_. The kid certainly does have game. Considered somewhat
of a late bloomer who was under-recruited out of the State of South Carolina. Ja drew
some interest from University of South Carolina, but ultimately opted for Kentucky based Murray
State. Despite being from a small mid major school, Morant blossomed from being totally
overlooked to rising through the ranks to becoming one of the top NBA prospects in the
world. People refered to him as the ‘Diamond In The Rough’ who has the potential to become
the next big super star so let’s take a look at his come up, shall we. What’s going on guys? It’s your boy Michael
McCrudden documenting the life and career of Ja Morant prior to fame, here for you on
Before they Were Famous. During March Madness we hit you with bio’s on the other top 5 draft
picks including Zion and RJ Barrett but just like most scouts we too overlooked Ja until
now. Keep sending in your requests for who we should do next and I’m gonna be reading
some of your comments at the end of this video. For now, let’s jump into it! Ja Morant
was born Temetrius Jamal Morant on August 10th, 1999 in DalZell South Carolina to parents
Tee and Jamie Morant. He has a younger sister name Teniya who also
plays basketball. His hometown is relatively small with a population of just 2000 people
and the only other notable person to call this town home was NBA player Ray Allen who
back in highschool played with Ja’s father. Ja’s dad never made it to the big show but
he did play professionally overseas. When Ja was born in 1999 he moved back home and
took up work as a barber and began putting his focus into his two kids, spending time
with them in the backyard. Growing up, Ja’s dad build a basketball court
in his backyard and his dad would teach him all the tricks he knew. He would also host training camps for local
kids. I found a flyer on his mom’s facebook page from back in 2015. I also found some
old classic pic’s of Ja playing competitive B-Ball as far back as 2009, making in 10 years
old at the time. Ja began playing in Amateur leagues prior
to high school, there he wasn’t the best on the team and was the 4th pick. He ended up
on the same team as another South Carolina kid who showed great athleticism by the name
of Zion Williamson who you might have heard of… Back then Ja wasn’t on any scouts radars being
overshadowed by fellow teammates Jeff Claxton, DeVante Schuler and Zion but when they all
left for other teams Ja got his chance to shine. Morant attended Crestwood High School in Sumter
South Carolina and there over three years he had a growth spurt shooting up from 5’11
to 6’3. In his final two seasons for Crestwood, he averaged 27 points, 8 rebounds, and 8 assists
per game, earning South Carolina Class 3A All-State honors in both years. Morant also left high school as a three-time
All-Region MVP. It’s important to note that Ja hadn’t figured out how to dunk until he
was a senior but we all know he eventually figured that one out. As Ja was gearing up to take things to the
next level he was again being overlooked by most schools, he wasn’t even on anybody’s
radar and didn’t rank on ESPN, 247Sports and Rivals.com with his only option being his
local school South Carolina State. Ja was discovered accidentally by Murray State
assistant coach James Kane who attended a camp hoping to see another player and spotted
Ja in a three on three match. From there he was offered a scholarship to the mid-major
program at Murray State in the Ohio Valley Conference. Ja started playing college ball at 17, amongst
many accolades including averaging 12.7 points, 6.5 rebounds, and 6.3 assists per game, Morant
earned first-team All-OVC and OVC All-Newcomer awards. He also became the seventh freshman
in 25 years to accumulate 150 assists, 150 rebounds, and 10 blocks while shooting at
least 42 percent from the field yet still he was being overlooked by all NBA prospects.
In fact he made no one’s list and wasn’t even mentioned in all rankings and lists of predictions
leading up to the 2018 NBA draft. It was in his Sophmore year that Ja assumed
a leading role for Murray State and in his season debut, he recorded 26 points and 11
assists. In another game he put up 29 points, a season-high 13 rebounds, and 12 assists
and then a season-high 38 points which became the 12th-most single-game points by a player
in school history. It was then the Diamond In The Rough was starting to get the attention
he felt he deserved. His game play started to be described as: A high level athlete for a point guard with
elite speed and quickness, as well as explosive leaping ability. Has great defensive upside
with his long arms and great ability to move laterally … Shows a lot of leadership and
determination, developing a great rapport with teammates and natural leadership skills
… Very difficult to stay in front of as he puts a lot of pressure on opponents with
his quickness off the dribble … Incredibly slick and polished with the ball in his hands. At the end of the regular season, he was named
OVC Player of the Year and first-team All-OVC, while leading the NCAA Division I in assists.
He later earned first-team All-American honors from the United States Basketball Writers
Association and second-team All-American honors from Sporting News- In the first round of the 2019 NCAA Tournament,
Morant posted 17 points, 11 rebounds, and 16 assists. He became the eighth player to
officially record a triple-double in the history of the tournament. Although his team lost
to Florida State During the game, Morant set school records for career assists and single-season
points. He closed his sophomore campaign averaging 24.5 points, 5.7 rebounds, 10 assists, and
1.8 steals per game. Morant became the first NCAA player to ever average at least 20 points
and 10 assists per game in a single season. It was then he announced his eligibility for
the 2019 NBA Draft and quickly ranking moved him into the top 5 and then the top 3 for
ranking with him eventually taking the 2nd spot. Congrats to Ja and we wish him the best
in Memphis. That place sure is a party town! Aright, I’m gonna read some of your comments: MA said on our Before They Were Famous for
Bol Bol: I heard at Bol Bols village they keep Giraffes
as pets Mark Marvc said:
You sound like the wheelchair guy in American dad I dunno who wheelchair guy is in American
Dad I might sound like Joe Swanson from Family
Guy. LoL LoL asked Do one on Guillermo from Jimmy kimmel Universal Concept wrote:
Can we stick to one Michael please

Author Since: Mar 11, 2019

  1. I know this kid. Grew up with him from elementary school. Went to Crestwood with him. He was kind of a dick lmao but I never had any problems with him.

  2. I go to crestwood highschool, he was a senior when i was a freshman. its really cool because i love basketball and seeing a person i saw everyday do what he did

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  4. I’m I the only one who from SC (Greenville) and know were Hillcrest is bro it’s crazy all dez crazy ppl comin out of SC 🚫🧢💯💯

  5. Ja Maront went to the same elementary school I go to “Rafting Creek Elementary School “ and he is right we do get overlooked.

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