— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) April 3, 2019
#RacerNation let’s fill the bank 🐎
— Ja Morant (@igotgame_12) April 3, 2019
This news should shock absolutely no one.
After lighting up the NCAA tournament and helping Murray State advance to the Round of 32, Ja Morant has declared for the NBA Draft. Not only did Ja set the tourney on fire, but he also finished top 10 in scoring amongst D1 college basketball players this season. Before officially declaring, Morant, a sophomore, was fully expected to be the second player taken off the board in this years draft after Zion Williamson. His regular season play along with the way he carried himself in March almost cemented it. Now that his decision is final, it’s all but a formality that we see him gone after this year’s second overall pick. But there is one question that still remains; Who will the lucky team be?
As it stands right now, the Knicks, Suns, and Cavaliers have the best odds to land the first overall pick in this year’s draft. All three of those teams are clearly gunning for Zion here, but I’m sure whoever ends up getting the 2 pick will be almost just as satisfied with Ja. He’s a prolific scorer who proved time and time again this year that he has elite potential at the next level. Aside from his 24.5 PPG, Morant also tallied up 10 APG (led the country), and finished with 20 double-doubles, tying him for fourth in the nation.
I’m higher on Morant than I am anyone else in this draft not named Zion, and you should be too. Wherever this kid winds up, he WILL be the real deal. Just wait on it.
-Nick Cherico (@CouchGuyCherico)