Murray State has one thing special in guard Ja Morant, who is a potential prime-5 decide in the 2019 NBA draft.
Sam Upshaw Jr., Louisville Courier Journal

Murray State’s Ja Morant and Kentucky’s P.J. Washington have been two of 30 gamers named on the midseason James Naismith Award, given to the top participant in school basketball.

Morant is the lone player within the nation averaging no less than 20 factors (23.9) and 10 assists (10.2) per recreation this season. Washington leads UK in scoring at 14.four points and averages a group-main eight.1 rebounds.

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A Dalzell, South Carolina, native, Morant burst on the scene this season with an array of spotlight-reel performs. The sophomore is extensively thought-about a prime decide within the 2019 NBA draft.

Washington, a local of Dallas, has helped the Wildcats to a 20-four report while scoring at the least 20 points in six of UK’s last seven games.

The listing will probably be trimmed to 10 gamers on March 6, the four finalists can be announced March 17, and the winner shall be crowned April 7.