Greenberg Has Unique Comparison For Ja Morant

Ja Morant reminds Seth Greenberg of someone; interestingly, that someone doesn't even play basketball

Zach Gelb
June 20, 2019 - 9:19 am
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If you’re a college basketball fan, you probably knew all about Zion Williamson and R.J. Barrett before they even stepped foot on Duke’s campus. But you may have been, understandably, a little late to the party with Ja Morant. 

That will change, if it hasn’t already, Thursday at the NBA Draft, as Morant is expected to go second overall to Memphis.

“He’s the Patrick Mahomes of college basketball, and he’ll be a similar-type player in the NBA,” ESPN college basketball analyst Seth Greenberg said on The Zach Gelb Show. “He’s got incredible vision and creativity, he’s got a second speed, he obviously can elevate. Off the court, he’s just one of the guys. On the court, his personality changes. He’s not a good kid; he’s a great kid. Humble, hungry, hard-working, genuine – just a terrific young guy. I got to know his family really well, and I’m just so happy for them because they really are genuine people and he is a very, very special player.”

The Murray State product averaged 24.5 points, 10.0 assists and 5.7 rebounds last season. He opened the NCAA Tournament with a 17-point, 16-assist, 11-rebound triple-double against Marquette.

Expect more of that in the NBA.

“It’s exciting,” Greenberg said. “His vision is incredible, his ability to make plays in transition, he sees plays develop and puts the ball – like a quarterback – where guys can catch them. You see very few guys who can pass it off the dribble with one hand or change angles of his release point and passing like he can. It’s really, really special.”

Click below to listen to Greenberg’s interview in its entirety.