Ja Morant to have college jersey retired

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Murray State basketball coach Matt McMahon announced that the program will retire Ja Morant’s No. 12 jersey on Feb. 1.

Morant is expected to attend the ceremony with his family.

Murray State went 54-11 in Morant’s two seasons, winning back-to-back Ohio Valley Conference (OVC) regular season titles.

Morant led the program to the NCAA Tournament both years.

He recorded a triple-double, just the ninth in men’s NCAA tournament history, in an upset win against fifth-seeded Marquette in the 2019 tournament.

It was Murray State’s fourth tournament victory in school history.

Morant became the first player in NCAA history to average at least 20 points and 10 assists in a single season, as he averaged 24.5 points and 10.0 assists per game.

In just 65 games, he set various program records, including the single-season scoring record (808 points) and career assists (532).

Morant also earned consensus first-team All-American, the Bob Cousy Award (given by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame to the top men’s collegiate point guard), the Lute Olson Award (given to the most outstanding non-freshman men’s college basketball player in NCAA Division I), OVC Player of the Year (2019) and First-team All-OVC (2018, 2019).

The No. 12 will be the 11th number retired in program history.