Temetrius Jamel Morant also known as Ja Morant is an American professional basketball player who currently plays with Memphis Grizzlies in the National Basketball Association. He was drafted in 2019 prior to which he also had a successful college basketball career.
In a recent encounter with Charlotte, Jamel left an inbound pass without touching it for almost 20 seconds. This move was brave but so many social media users and fans criticized him because they think it was disrespectful and cringe. On the other hand, some users are praising him for his IQ, calmness, and game sense.
Ja Morant was born on 10th August 1999 in Dalzell, South Carolina, USA to his parents Tee Morant and Jamie Morant. He grew up in his hometown playing basketball and other sports since he was a kid. James belongs to a family of athletes as his mother was a point guard in high school and also played softball while his father was a basketball player at Claflin University and a pro ballplayer. Morant is also known to have a sibling sister named Teniya who is also a high school basketball player. Jamel completed his high school education at Crestwood high school in Sumter, South Carolina. He later attended Murray State University where he pursued his studies s well as his college basketball career. His initial training in basketball was with his father who taught him the basics.
Ja Morant Career
Ja Morant started playing basketball when he was a kid and started his career by participating in the AAU circuit. By the time he reached high school, he already had good form in the sport and by the end of his high school career, he was a three-time All-region Most valuable player. He later attended Murray State University in 2016 and played his freshman season with great form. He led the team to advance to the NCAA tournament as well. Later, in his sophomore year, he started the season by recording triple-doubles and also made history by recording the 12th most single-game points by a player.
In 2019, he was also named the First team All-American as a sophomore and was also in the top 25 watch list for John R Wooden Award. He was named as the OVA player of the year by end of the season and went on with the NBA draft. Jamel was drafted in 2019 in the Memphis Grizzlers team as the number 2 pick. He was also named the NBA Rookie of the year in 2020 and NBA All-Rookie First team honor for his amazing form in the rookie season of 2019-20.
The following year, he again maintained his form and also recorded his career-high score of 44 points with 9 assists and 2 rebounds. Recently, in the 2021-22 seasons, he was the season opener and in the latest game against Los Angeles Lakers, he led the team to win by 127-119. His defense was highly praised and was called the Best block of the season. Justin Timberlake among others has started lobbying for him to win the All-Star title for his amazing two-hand block in the game. He was also named Player of the Week.
Jamel currently has 4.5 million followers on his Instagram account where he shares pictures and videos from his games, matches, and career updates. He also likes to share pictures of his daughter Kaari. On Twitter, he currently has 1.4 million followers while on his Facebook page, he has reached around 2.3m people.
Ja Morant Biography
|Temetrius Jamel Morant
|10 August 1999
|Age (as of 2023)
|Dalzell, South Carolina, United States
|in feet inches – 6’ 3” – in Centimeters – 191 cm
|in Kilograms – 79 kg – in Pounds – 174 lbs
|Murray State University
|Kaari Jaidyn Morant
Ja Morant is currently known to be in a relationship with KK Dixon since 2018. He also has a daughter with her named Kaari Jaidyn Morant who was born in 2019. He has not shared much about his relationship with Dixon and it is also not confirmed if they are still together. However, he often shares pictures with his daughter.
Ja Morant Net Worth
Ja Morant has had a successful basketball career and has been earning regular income since he turned pro in 2019. The Grizzlies offered him a five-year deal in 2019 and he signed $193 million deal for five years. He is making around $11 million per year from his basketball career only and he is surely be doing promotions and endorsement deals in addition to this. His net worth is estimated at $80 million as of now 2023, but it’s just speculation.
- His father Tee Morant was a high school teammate of Ray Allen.
- After high school, he only received NCAA Division 1 offer from South Carolina and was later discovered in mid-program by Murray State University.
- He was one of the 20 players who were invited to Christ Paul’s guard camp in 2018.
- Rapper Moneybagg Yo released a song Rookie of the year to celebrate the title for Jamel in 2021.
- Ja also has a documentary series titled “Promiseland” which documents his first season at NBA.