NBA Draft Prospect Ja Morant on Being a 'Point God' and How Lil Baby's Music Describes His Career

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Ja Morant #12 of the Murray State Racers is seen during the game against the Eastern Kentucky Colonels at CFSB Center on Feb. 16, 2019 in Murray, Ky. 

With the 2019 NBA Draft set to take place on Thursday (June 20) at Brooklyn's Barclays Center, you'd think that Murray State guard Ja Morant might be concerned about where he'll be suiting up next season. Instead, the wiry 19-year-old star is brimming with confidence, humming Lil Baby's "Dreams to Reality" inside of New York City's Harman Store minutes ahead of JBL's Full-Court Press panel. 

"It's basically what I just did," he quips when asked why he loves Baby's motivational anthem. 

For Morant, it's easy to see why he's living the dream. After two seasons at Murray State, he's bloomed not only into a top-three draft prospect but also a newly named partner for JBL. At 6'3'', Morant is a skilled guard. Because of his excellent passing abilities, Morant can shred defenses with his court vision, while also serving as an electrifying skywalker at the rim.

This past season, Morant torched the competition on the offensive side of the ball, averaging 24 points and 10 assists a game and leading Murray State to the second round of this year's NCAA Tournament. Because of his stellar play and off-the-wall highlights, Morant ushered in his nickname "Point God," which percolated quickly among fans, media, and league scouts. 

"When I said it the first time, and everybody heard it, they were like, 'Oh, he's cocky, he's arrogant -- but we've been saying it for a while," says Morant of the nickname given to him by his father. "I feel like I'm a very humble dude, but at the same time you have to have confidence in yourself."

Morant's confidence now has him penciled in as the No. 2 pick on many draft boards and has earned him endorsement deals with Nike and JBL. 

"It started with us developing a good relationship," says Morant about joining forces with JBL. "They're big into with music with their headphones. They're definitely louder, especially the bass. That's how I like my music." 

When Morant isn't skewering hapless guards on the court, he's always listening to music. Whether in the car, where he gets yelled at "for having the music too loud" or at home, rest assured, Morant is bumping his favorite artist Lil Baby. "I started listening to him when 'Perfect Timing' came out, and as he kept dropping stuff, I've been listening to him more," Morant says of his affinity for Baby. "Now that's who I listen to a lot. I shuffle all of his songs, and it gets me in the mode."

Like Baby, who has become a force in less than two years, Morant hopes to have a similar impact in the league, no matter where he goes in this year's draft.

"Whatever team I fall to, they can expect a dude that's going to work from day one and do whatever I can to help the team and make an impact not only on the court but in the community."


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