Temetrius Jamel “Ja” Morant is an American basketball player who most recently played for the Murray State Racers. As a sophomore, he also became the first player in NCAA history to average at least 20 points and 10 assists per game in a single season. He is also to be the likely No. 2 pick in the NBA draft.
Morant has signed a deal with Nike, the first to sign among top-three projected picks Zion Williamson and RJ Barrett — the two former Duke stars also expected to sign mega deals. No specifics of the deal have surfaced yet but several media outlets report it to be a multiyear, multimillion-dollar footwear and apparel endorsement deal
“All my life my parents worked for a check,” Morant tweeted. “Now I’m proud to say I work for the check. #Nike #NikeBasketball.”
After wearing Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving signature sneakers throughout his two seasons at Murray State, the 19-year-old will be joining a crowded roster of Nike athletes. The brand currently boasts five signature shoes for LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Paul George, Durant and Irving, with Giannis Antetokounmpo’s anticipated Zoom Freak 1 shoe launching this summer.
At the NBA draft combine two weeks ago, Ja Morant reflected on his whirlwind year that saw him transform from a little-known mid-major guard to a national sensation and NBA lottery pick.
“If I could take the fame away, I would,” Morant said, dressed in a Nike hoodie. “I haven’t really thought about (the money). I just want to play basketball at the highest level. It’s been crazy. Coming from under the radar to being one of the most talked about players now, it’s something I’m getting used to.”