Walters: Ja Morant "A Scary Prospect"

Rex Walters sees NBA success for the Murray State superstar

Taz and the Moose
April 04, 2019 - 10:36 am

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After dominating college basketball this season – and leading Murray State to the Round of 32 – Ja Morant has declared for the NBA Draft

He doesn’t figure to be on the board much longer than Zion Williamson, either.

“He’s a scary, scary athlete, there’s no question,” Nevada special assistant Rex Walters said on Taz & The Moose. He can get from A-to-B as good as anybody. He can shoot the basketball, he has an ability to change gears and get to the rim and finish over people – he’s a scary prospect.”

Morant, 19, averaged 24.5 points, 10.0 assists and 5.7 rebounds this season. He had a triple-double – 17 points, 16 assists and 11 rebounds – in Murray State’s opening-round win over Marquette, and he scored 28 points (on 5-of-6 shooting from three) against FSU in the Round of 32. 

“People talk about the one-and-dones and the guys that are going early,” Walters said. “If you look at what’s happened over the past four or five years, you’re not seeing a lot of one-and-dones in the Final Four. It’s about team. Ja Morant will be a great pro. He has great size for the position, he’ll be able to switch in pick-and-roll – which is what all the NBA teams are doing now. He’s going to have a really good career if he’s able to stay healthy.”

Williamson, meanwhile, will almost certainly be the No. 1 pick. But will he be the generational star that many believe he can be?

“I think ESPN has done everything they could to try to make him that,” Walters said. “I saw this coming. It’s amazing what ESPN does and what they do to promote a team or a player. That’s why (I thought), ‘There’s no way Duke’s not winning it all. That’s all they talk about.’ It’s unbelievable. But I’ll say this: Is he going to be a LeBron type? I think he has that ability. I’ve seen this kid since he was a sophomore in high school and I said right away, ‘This kid’s got a chance to be special.’”

Click below to listen to Walters’ interview in its entirety.