Murray State star Ja Morant will wait to make an announcement on his plans to enter the NBA draft after his team was eliminated from the NCAA tournament on Saturday.
“That time will come. My focus is not on that right now; it’s just celebrating this — what a great season we had — with my teammates,” Morant said.
Morant is widely projected to be a top-three pick in this years draft, should he choose to forgo his final two years of college eligibility.
Ja Morant dazzled for a half, but the star point guard and 12th-seeded Murray State got run out of the NCAA tournament by Florida State.
Morant’s triple-double sent Murray State past Marquette and displayed just how difficult he is to contain.
Morant finished his season with a 28 point performance in Murray State’s 90-62 loss to Florida State in the second round.
Morant averaged 24.4 points and 10.2 assists per game for the year, becoming the first college player to accomplish that feat since assists were officially recorded in the 1983-84 season.
During this year’s tournament run — which included a triple-double against Marquette in the first round — Morant was responsible for 63% of Murray State’s points, according to ESPN Stats & Information.
Murray State coach Matt McMahon had nothing but praise for his star point guard after Saturday’s loss.
“You see all of the talent and ability out on the floor and how he makes everyone better, but he’s got some of those intangibles that really separate him,” McMahon said. “He loves to play. He’s just a relentless competitor. He’s tough and he’s a winner. His growth as a leader this year was a big key in the success we were able to have.”
Morant could be seen on the bench, bent over with a towel on his head as Murray State’s season came to an end.
“I would say I was just hurt — not being able to take the floor with these guys for the rest of the season, for another game, or possibly two, three, four,” Morant said. “But it’s been a great season. I really was just thinking back on what all we have accomplished this year, and I’d say I was more hurt not being able to play with these guys for the remainder of the season.”
Morant has until April 22 to decide whether or not to declare for the NBA Draft.