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Ja Morant loves the comparisons to Thunder star Russell Westbrook

Ja Morant, Russell Westbrook

Ja Morant is more than receptive of the recent comparisons to Russell Westbrook he has gotten before the start of the NCAA Tournament. A spry, freakishly athletic guard who can blur past his opponents off the dribble with sheer speed and dribble control, the Murray State prodigy has drawn comparisons to the player who once electrified UCLA during his lone season in college:

“I love that,” said Morant when hearing the comparison to the Oklahoma City Thunder star, according to Greg Joyce of the New York Post.

Yet Morant, a 6-foot-3, 175-pound point man, deflected any other questions regarding his potential NBA future:

“I really haven’t put too much thought in about it,” Morant said. “Really, I just try to stay grounded and stay where I’m at. I’m at Murray State and I’m just trying to win a championship.”

It will surely be a tall climb for Murray State (12), who will take on fifth-seeded Marquette in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

Though the Racers made the NCAA Tournament last year as well, they have yet to reach the Round of 32 since 2012 (done it five times in school history) and have never gone on to the Sweet 16.

Morant, though, represents a talent unlike any other the school has ever had: a unique and gifted scorer with the court vision and skill to execute passes like few others can.

The South Carolina native is averaging 24.6 points per game, good for eighth-best in the nation, as well as leading the country in assists per game with 10 per game.

Russell Westbrook or not, Ja Morant is a very special talent, and one who can surely be expected to reach greatness at the NBA level. Some even view him as the No. 2 prospect in this upcoming draft behind Zion Williamson.