March Madness 2019: Ja Morant emotional after Murray State falls out of NCAA Tournament

first_img“I would say I was just hurt — not being able to take the floor with these guys for the rest of the season, for another game, or possibly two, three, four,” Morant said, per ESPN. “But it’s been a great season. I really was just thinking back on what all we have accomplished this year, and I’d say I was more hurt not being able to play with these guys for the remainder of the season.””Ja Morant has a brilliant career ahead of him.”Murray State star gets emotional after tournament run ends against FSU. Morant finished with 28 PTS, 5 REB, 4 AST. #MarchMadness pic.twitter.com/9qRjABJJsA— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) March 24, 2019Morant finished the night with 28 points after averaging 24.4 points and 10.2 assists per game this season. ESPN notes he became the first college player to accomplish that feat since the 1983-84 season when assists were officially recorded. Ja Morant was emotional when his NCAA Tournament run with Murray State came to an end Saturday after his team fell to Florida State. As the final minutes of the 12th-seeded Racers’ 90-62 loss to the No. 4 Seminoles ticked down, Morant could be seen sitting on the bench with a towel over his head while his teammates and coaches comforted him. March Madness 2019 wrap: Kentucky, Gonzaga, LSU other favorites thwart upset-minded teams Related News “You see all of the talent and ability out on the floor and how he makes everyone better, but he’s got some of those intangibles that really separate him,” Murray State coach Matt McMahon said. “He loves to play. He’s just a relentless competitor. He’s tough and he’s a winner. His growth as a leader this year was a big key in the success we were able to have.”Now, Morant will have to face a decision about his basketball future. Projected by many to be a top-three pick in June’s draft, Morant wasn’t willing to reveal whether he will declare for the NBA or finish out his final two years of college eligibility.”That time will come,” Morant said. “My focus is not on that right now. It’s just celebrating this — what a great season we had — with my teammates.”last_img read more